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    CW.030.VIKING BOER – CHINA WATCH – Journey Through China’s Cities

    Journey Through China’s Cities – Urban Travel Documentary

    China is one of the world’s most fascinating and complicated countries, and its cities seem to get bigger every year. Considered a rural society just a few decades ago, China today is home to the world’s largest urban population.

    In this travel documentary, I take you on a journey through some of the country’s most interesting cities. While many city centers are filled with modern skyscrapers, we also search for more traditional neighborhoods, historic sites, tranquil parks, special events, and cultural activities. We look at the rapid changes China is undergoing in its urbanization process and mention some of the challenges the country is facing.

    From the modern megacities of Shenzhen and Guangzhou, we travel to the ancient centers of Beijing and Xian. We visit the popular Summer holiday beaches of coastal Qingdao, and the exciting Winter festivals of Harbin. From the streets of fusion cities like Hong Kong and Macau, we continue our journey to Tibetan Lhasa, located on the Rooftop of the World. We also take a look at the disappearing alleys of old Kashgar, in the controversial Xinjiang region, and the empty streets of Ordos, China’s best-known ghost town. And we explore the expanding urban centers along the Yangtze River, including Wuhan and Chongqing, all the way to the fast-paced metropolis of Shanghai.

    I traveled through China independently for more than a decade, on several occasions. The footage in this video was shot between 2010 and 2019 and is accompanied by background information. For more in-depth information on each place, I recommend reading, watching, and listening to as many different sources as you can.

    Here’s a brief overview of the content in this video:

    We begin our journey in Shanghai, one of China’s most remarkable cities. Its skyline has become a symbol of the country’s economic growth. While we look at the modern face of Shanghai, I also visit some more traditional neighborhoods, even though they are disappearing fast.

    We travel onwards to Harbin, in the North of China, to visit a spectacular Winter festival, with sculptures and palaces made from ice and snow, which draws millions of tourists every year. Beijing, the nation’s capital, is our next destination. This is the political heart of China but also brims with culture and creativity.

    In Chongqing, located on the mighty Yangtze River, we witness some of the urbanization process, while in Lhasa we look at the traditions and customs of the Tibetan people. We travel onwards to Xian, where we walk on the ancient city walls, eat some delicious food in the Muslim neighborhood, and visit the magnificent Terracotta Army.

    After Xian, we travel to Ordos, China’s best-known ‘ghost town’. After which we continue our way to Kashgar, in the now controversial Xinjiang region, where the faith of the Uyghur people hangs in the balance. Qingdao is our next destination, one of China’s most beautiful coastal cities, where we also explore some of the suburbs.

    Hong Kong is perhaps the perfect mix between East and West. A short ferry ride away, Macau retains some of its Portuguese histories but is also known as the ‘Las Vegas of Asia’ with its many casinos. Just across the ‘border’ from both, Shenzhen has grown into one of China’s largest and wealthiest cities, while it was just a small fishing village 40 years ago.

    The last two cities we visit are Wuhan and Guangzhou, which have their own distinct character. I visited Wuhan before the pandemic broke out, and found a sprawling city. Guangzhou is also a vast metropolis and is known for its Cantonese culture and cuisine.

    Timestamps/video chapters:

    0:00 Introduction
    2:20 Shanghai
    6:53 Harbin
    9:31 Beijing
    13:48 Message from the sponsor
    15:39 Chongqing
    18:25 Lhasa
    23:08 Xian
    26:50 Ordos
    29:04 Kashgar
    34:01 Qingdao
    38:41 Hong Kong
    44:05 Macau
    46:16 Shenzhen
    50:34 Transport
    51:59 Wuhan
    56:09 Guangzhou
    59:32 End

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