Wild China

Wild China

DVD - 2008
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Journey across China from the peaks of the Himalayas to the barren steppe, the sub-Arctic to the tropical islands, through deserts both searingly hot and mind-numbingly cold and see a dazzling array of mysterious, beautiful, wild and rare creatures.
Publisher: [United States] : British Broadcasting Corporation, 2008
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9781419867484
1419867482
Branch Call Number: DVD 915.1 W643, 2 disc
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (300 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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jimg2000
Jun 03, 2019

BBC does a wonderful job to introduce all those near extinct wild animals and less traveled places in China. Compare to BBC's India: Nature's Wonderland 2016 (109 min), it has much more material (353 min.) but understandably lower video quality with pre-2008 technology. While good enough but wish an upgrade in digital transfer.

Perhaps you have seen all of China from other documentaries but rare to see them all in a single series. Furthermore, if you take a tourist sight seeing Silk Road trip, along the way is the 5 Colored Mountain, you would be led to some tourist sites to ride a stinky camel, touch the breast of a Iron Fan Princess statue (get lucky in love life) and pose with her husband the Bull King. Compare that to the spectacular scenic sequence, about a dozen minutes before the end of Episode 4... sad.

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Ron@Ottawa
Feb 05, 2015

This 2-disc set from BBC gives you six hours to venture into the parts of China unknown to the average tourists, and even some of its people. Nature lovers, animals lovers and armchair adventurers like myself will get much out of it. And don't skip the 'Making Of' part under Special Feature. Definitely a high-quality BBC production.

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ilovewhippets
Jul 13, 2013

Absolutely fascinating documentary across China! The culture, animal and plant life! Very well done! I highly recommend it!

EuSei Jun 10, 2013

This program is about just a small part of a vast country; I wish there was more about other cantons. China is a beautiful country with tremendous contrasts and many natural beauties and wonders. It is amusing that although being one of the biggest polluters on Earth, China poses as nature preserver! But what did strike us most was the way some people live today: it is almost like living in the Middle Ages! Very sad, especially when one considers all the horrible times China had in order to install communism and purportedly make life better: so much sacrifice for almost no positive results. Makes you want to visit the country, meet the people, but even more repelled by the regime.

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dprodrig
Feb 21, 2012

This is an excellent series that places the animals that are being examined within the context of Chinese society by also exploring the lives of the people that live near the animals, talking about the ecological pressures faced by the animals and how, in some cases, this is being addressed by the Chinese government.

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LARRY_M
Jan 28, 2012

Absolutely interesting!

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frosty2
Nov 12, 2011

good scenary
good commentary
sad when it was over :(

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GHN
Oct 19, 2011

With just two DVDs, this BBC set of video documents covers a broad range of wild animals in many remote regions in China. Its contents are quite comprehensive, coherent.
Compared to other documentary videos, this set is excellent.

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catslib
Sep 11, 2011

I am going to BUY this DVD somewhere! It is fascinating. It's not just about the animals; it's actually more about the people and their daily lives. The scenery is incredible. I did not know there were so many different types of mountains in China. It's like another planet. The narrator (Bernard Hill, "King Theoden" in Lord of the Rings") has a neat voice and doesn't mumble like David Attenborough (in Blue Planet). You need 3 weeks to watch this DVD.

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phyllis49
Mar 19, 2012

Journey across China from the peaks of the Himalayas to the barren steppe, the sub-Arctic to the tropical islands, through deserts both searingly hot and mind-numbingly cold and see a dazzling array of mysterious, beautiful, wild and rare creatures.

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