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Discovery Atlas: China Revealed
Discovery Atlas: China Revealed 
For the first time in its 5000-year history, the oldest, most populous nation on Earth has opened its doors to the rest of the world. In perhaps the greatest sociological shift in human history, 1.2 billion people have been set in pursuit of one simple goal: get rich now.

The economies of Feudalism and Communism are out. Capitalism is in, overnight. Old walls are being torn down, a futuristic landscape of glass and steel is shooting up in its place. China is now home to the greatest frenzy of construction the world has ever seen, consuming 60 per cent of the world's steel and 45 percent of its concrete every week. But what does this mean for the nation and its people? Remember, this isn't some Third World backwater. China is already one of the most accomplished civilisations on Earth. Coupling insightful journalism with spectacular and ground-breaking photographic techniques, this film with set out to uncover the roots of the Chinese civilisation and culture through the stories of seven people.

Vincent Lo, the 'Donald Trump' of China; a 17th century bowman from heart of the Forbidden City and what lain in its place; a migrant worker struggling in a newly industrialised cosmopolitan; a young gymnast who carries the hope of her land into the 2008 Olympics; a porter who's back breaking labour and efforts are only to be overshadowed by the mythical Mount Taishan and thousands of years of history; the policewomen who try to ebb the flow of opium and heroin in and outside of China's borders; a fisherman who may set aside a lifetime of tradition to cater to China's newly booming tourism industry; a railroad worker who spends day and night traversing the Himalayas, surviving treacherous terrain and a constant rebellion in one of China's remotest provinces; and a young monk, training in the Shaolin tradition only to be tempted by the booming film industry in Hong Kong.

Duration (mins) 60
Date of broadcast 22/7/2011
Time of Broadcast 20:30
Channel TLC
Rating G
Price: AUD19.50
including GST


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