China: The Dragon

 

This travel video is a more than 3 hour presentation of a trip done in China. Our intention was to show an interesting and pretty intense itinerary, which we were able to cover in a little more than 2 weeks. We wanted to shoot a travelog, a long form documentary about this particular trip making it different from the regular documentaries you may see on TV . We covered a lot of ground in the narration associated with the film: from history to legends, architecture and the zen traditions, customs and religions we tried as much as possible to approach most of the issues you encounter in such a trip.

The travel video is the result of a lot of research and documentation we did before we left there, but also of a lot of information we got on site, talking to people or listening to the stories coming from the locals. We shot a lot of footage and we ended up editing it to make a very pleasant and attractive presentation.

If you have any intention to visit these areas or other parts of China, or if you know for sure that you will never get there, watching this film will bring you the experience of being half there. 
If you want to visit China the best option is to fly. The unbelievable competition between the numerous airlines makes the tickets to be available and extremely attractive. The language may be an impediment, very few people speaking English or any other foreign language but the people's determination to do business would definitely help you when you travel around the country. Another good option of moving around the country are the new, air-conditioned sleeper trains. 
Food is safe, being relatively similar with lots of dishes of Chinese cuisine you may find in the West.

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The Dragon

The Dragon

The Dragon is a 3.5 hour presentation of cross section travel through China. It is a complete version that includes 6 separate videos covering the following itinerary: Guangzhou, Yangshuo, Kunming and the Stone Forest, Dali, Lijiang, Emeishan, Leshan, Chengdu, Xian, Luoyang,  Shaolin Temple, Beijing palaces and temples and the Great Wall. © 2005

207 minutes

DVD - $69.95

 

Peaks in Li River

Peaks in Li River

Peaks in Li River” brings the viewer to Guangzhou visiting its markets and the secluded Shamian Island. We continue to the karstic peaks coming out of Li River in Yangshuo, in a typical landscape of the Chinese classical paintings watching fishing with cormorants. We continue our visit to Kunming and to the Stone Forest in Shilin. ©2005

Guangzhou, Yangshuo, Kunming

30' - DVD - $24.95

Close-up to Shangri-La

Close-up to Shangri-La

Close-up to Shangri-La” brings the viewer in the heart of one of the most exotic parts of China: Yunnan Province. We visit Dali, the picturesque Erhai Lake and Lijiang, the center of the matriarchal Naxi minority that are also the preservers of the shamanistic Dongba tradition, a place that is being promoted by the Chinese as the location of the mythical Shangri-La.©2005

Dali, Lijiang

36' - DVD - $24.95

Buddha's Touch

Buddha's Touch

Buddha's Touch” brings the viewer to the holy Buddhist mountain of Emei, Emeishan, with its slopes ridden with monasteries, temples and shrines. Nearby is Leshan, the city that has the largest Buddha statue in the world, a seated Buddha of 71 meters. We finish our Buddhist tour in Chegdu with its picturesque teahouses that abound all around the city’s parks. ©2005

Emeishan, Leshan, Chengdu

56' - DVD - $24.95

Carvings and Terracotta

Carvings and Terracotta

Carvings and Terracotta” brings the viewer to the world known army of terracotta warriors entombed near Xian. From there we move latter to Luoyang, another old capital of China located on the porous shores of Yi River where we visit the Longmen caves. We end up our tour at the beautiful Shaolin Monastery, home of the world-renowned Shaolin monks. ©2005

Xian, Luoyang, Shaolin

38' - DVD - $24.95

A Stroll in Beijing

A Stroll in Beijing

A Stroll in Beijing” brings to the viewer some of the main cultural attractions of Beijing, China’s capital. We visit Tiantan Park, the Forbidden City, the Lama Temple and the Confucius Temple. ©2005

Beijing

37' - DVD - $24.95

The Great Wall

The Great Wall

The Great Wall” continues the tour in Beijing with a visit on Tiananmen Square and we take a bike tour on the narrow hutongs. We visit latter the Summer Palace finishing the day watching an opera representation in the National Opera Theater. The next day we end up our tour in China with a hike on top of the famous Great Wall in Simatai. ©2005

Beijing, Great Wall

40' - DVD - $24.95