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Destination Travel Guide: China
Destination Travel Guide China
Genres: Special Interests, Documentary
NR     2002     1hr 51min

China is the third largest country in the world and, with more than a billion people, it is home of 20% of the worlds population. While one of the oldest civilizations, its future will undoubtedly shape the 21st century. ...  more »


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Genres: Special Interests, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Travel, Documentary
Studio: Pilot Productions
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 09/24/2002
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 51min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Globe Trekking: Destination China
(5 out of 5 stars)

"We originally bought this for Homeschooling to go along with a unit study on China. We loved it. The guides take you through the culture as they show you how to travel on your own. Such as buying train tickets, how to upgrade your ticket to a sleeper car (and what they looked like), asking for directions, showing what type of rooms to stay in, and the typical foods they eat, including dog and snakes. They ride the trains (playing typical card games with the locals), riding bikes (to see sites), tips as they take taxis or to bargain in the markets. We would recommend this anyone getting ready to travel to China"
A fun glimpse into historical and modern China
W. Chen | Medellin, Colombia | 09/02/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Continuing in the backpacker tradition, the GT team walks along the beaten and some not so well beaten paths. The trip into the village where women wear horns is fascinating. The team manages to go to many out of the way places in the Southwest and Central which is the primary focus of the DVD.

Covering China in a travel video is certainly not easy, but this DVD does a decent job of getting you interested to learn more. The walk through a train they ride in is fun. Practice your karaoke! I knocked the video down 1 star because I don't feel the team conveyed enough of how annoying or difficult traveling around China can be. A few examples might be the huge crowds and automobiles experienced in many places which might just be simply overwhelming (I speak Chinese too) or the heavy pollution (From coal plants and rapid increase in auto usage) which can making breathing difficult / aggravate your sinuses (Beijing). One of my gripes with the way information is conveyed on some GT videos is the sense that going from one place to another is so easy and effortless - it isn't. I speak from experience after having traveled to many places.

On a personal note - 2 years ago I visited one of the places shown in the video - Huangshan (Yellow Mountains). I can attest to personally how difficult it is to get a good photo of the grandeur. Apparently the video team had a hard time too as they state. Somes places you just have to visit yourself. I also stayed at a hotel (Great view) right across from the hostel the GT team stayed at in Shanghai. I walked inside and it is definitely as portrayed on the video. Lots of history."
Clark and Lewis | Indiana, USA | 11/20/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Though I too am fluent in Mandarin Chinese this video was a delight and brought back many interested yet exciting experiences while traveling in and around China. The team did a great job in getting as much information in as possible for the time allowed this video and it is quite enough information that can be applied for a first time traveler to China. China is not an easy place to get around, nor the language easy to master, but there is no need to be scared off, the Chinese are as eager to get to know you as you are them! Enjoy China!!!"