CBC - China Rises (2006)

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Episode 1, "Party Games," looks at the complex story of politics in China as it gets ready for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Three extras ripped -- includes a great 10 min doc on "The Great Wall(s) of China", a short look at the 60s Cultural Revolution from that time, and a contemporary travelogue of China.

Episode 2, "Getting Rich." As China has abandoned communistic collectivism, it has grown faster in the last few years than any nation in history -- but at what cost? Shanghai has more new skyscrapers than any other city in the world, but 75% of China's population still lives a rural life, in relative poverty.

Episode 3, "Food Is Heaven." From the steamy kitchens of Canton to the arid monoscape of the north, food is in some respects the very heart and soul of China. But increasing development, some of the world's worst pollution, and dwindling water supplies are threatening China's ability to feed itself. Extras include a short film on "The Forbidden City" and a slide show of beautiful photographs of modern China.

Episode 4, "City of Dreams." In the streets and neighbourhoods of Shanghai, a new dream of China is being turned into reality. A generation of Chinese now live in a style akin to New York, Berlin or Toronto. But for its poorer residents, Shanghai can be a city of despair.

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