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In My Shoes, Original Episode 3 of 3

Duration: 1 hour

Child-led documentary revealing the geography and culture of China through the eyes of seven local Chinese children. It features life in the metropolis of Shanghai, on the banks of the Yangtse near the Three Gorges Dam, in the manufacturing heartland of eastern China and in the spectacular and beautiful provinces of Yunnan and Guangxi.

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  • Photo: Old Town of Lijiang

    Photo: Old Town of Lijiang

    The Old Town of Lijiang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Lijiang City, Yunnan, China. The town has a history going back more than 800 years and was once a confluence for trade along the old tea horse road. The Lijiang old town is famous for its orderly system of waterways and bridges.

    Read more about the Old Town of Lijiang
  • Photo: A traditional wedding in Lijiang

    Photo: A traditional wedding in Lijiang

  • Photo: Yuxi with Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in background

    Photo: Yuxi with Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in background

    Mount Satseto, known in Chinese as the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is a small mountain range near Lijiang, in Yunnan province, southwestern China. The Austro-American botanist and explorer Joseph Rock spent many years living in the vicinity of Mt Satseto, and wrote about the region and the Nakhi people who occupy it. An interest in Rock later drew the travel writer Bruce Chatwin to the mountain, which he wrote about in an article that appeared in the New York Times and later, retitled, in his essay collection What Am I Doing Here? Chatwin's article inspired many subsequent travellers, including Michael Palin, to visit the region.

    Read more about Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
  • Photo: Yuxi and his father on a lake

    Photo: Yuxi and his father on a lake

  • Photo: Memgke and mother with dumplings

    Photo: Memgke and mother with dumplings

    Find out more about dumplings and their use at Chinese New Year from BBC Food.

    BBC Food Blog: Dumplings - Little parcels of luck for Chinese New Year
  • Photo: Memgke and family at Chinese New Year feast

    Photo: Memgke and family at Chinese New Year feast

    Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. The festival begins on the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calendar and ends with Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day. Chinese New Year's Eve, a day where Chinese families gather for their annual reunion dinner, is known as Chúx? or "Eve of the Passing Year." Windows and doors will be decorated with red colour paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of "good fortune" or "happiness", "wealth", and "longevity".

    Read more about Chinese New Year
  • Photo: Memgke with decorations

    Photo: Memgke with decorations

  • Photo: Memgke and her grandfather live in Sandouping

    Photo: Memgke and her grandfather live in Sandouping

    Sandouping is located on the southern bank of the Yangtze River, next to Yiling District's border with Zigui County to the west. Sandouping is best known as the location of the Three Gorges Dam, which is the world's largest electricity generating plant of any kind.

    Read more about Sandouping
  • Photo: View of Shanghai from The Bund

    Photo: View of Shanghai from The Bund

    Shanghai is the largest city by population of the People's Republic of China. It is a global city, with influence in commerce, culture, finance, media, fashion, technology, and transport. It is a major financial center and the busiest container port in the world. It is also a popular tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as The Bund, City God Temple and Yuyuan Garden, as well as the extensive and growing Pudong skyline.

    Read more about Shanghai
  • Photo: Juewen and her mum on the Shanghai Metro

    Photo: Juewen and her mum on the Shanghai Metro

    The Shanghai Metro is the urban rapid transit system of China's largest city, Shanghai. The system incorporates both subway and light rail lines. It opened in 1995, making Shanghai the third city in Mainland China, after Beijing and Tianjin, to have a rapid transit system. Since then, the Shanghai Metro has become one of the fastest-growing rapid transit systems in the world.

    Read more about the Shanghai Metro
  • Photo: Juewen and her mum in The Bund area of Shanghai

    Photo: Juewen and her mum in The Bund area of Shanghai

    The Bund is a waterfront area in central Shanghai. It is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Shanghai and has dozens of historical buildings, lining the Huangpu River, that once housed numerous banks and trading houses.

    Read more about The Shanghai Bund
  • Photo: Jing and her mum in Tian Chang

    Photo: Jing and her mum in Tian Chang

  • Photo: Jing

    Photo: Jing

  • Photo: Jing with toy elephant

    Photo: Jing with toy elephant

  • Photo: Li River and karst peaks

    Photo: Li River and karst peaks

    The 437-kilometer course of the Li and Gui Rivers is flanked by green hills. Cormorant fishing is often associated with the Lijiang. Its unusual karst topography hillsides have often been compared to those at Halong Bay, Vietnam.

    Read more about the Li River
  • Photo: Xingping harbour and pomelos

    Photo: Xingping harbour and pomelos

    Xingping is a town in North Guangxi, China. It is 27 kilometers upstream from Yangshuo on the Li River. The town was initially settled in 265 AD and is surrounded by great examples of Karst scenery, with one particularly prominent peak overlooking the village from the southern end of the shoreline against the Yi River.

    Read more about Xingping
  • Photo: Zhenhui and friend on River Li

    Photo: Zhenhui and friend on River Li

  • Photo: Zhenhui with his mum eating breakfast

    Photo: Zhenhui with his mum eating breakfast

  • Photo: Siduoby River Li in Yangshuo

    Photo: Siduoby River Li in Yangshuo

    Yangshuo County is a county in Guilin, Guangxi Province, China. Surrounded by karst peaks and bordered on one side by the Li River, it has become popular with foreign backpackers. Zhang Yimou's folk musical, "Impression Liu Sanjie", is a popular extravaganza performed outdoors in a river and mountain setting with a cast of 600 singers and dancers. Yangshuo is also China's foremost venue for rock climbing, with around 300 bolted routes and several companies offering guiding and equipment hire.

    Read more about Yangshuo
  • Photo: Siduo in class

    Photo: Siduo in class

  • Photo: Siduo and friends watch traditional Yangshuo weaving

    Photo: Siduo and friends watch traditional Yangshuo weaving

    Read more about life in Yangshuo
  • Learning Zone Class Clips: China

    Learning Zone Class Clips: China

    Visit the Class Clips website for a collection of clips on aspects of China, aimed at primary level.

    Watch video clips on aspects of China from Class Clips
  • Learning Zone Class Clips: China Stories

    Learning Zone Class Clips: China Stories

    Visit the Class Clips website to watch video clips about the real lives of eight very different people in China.

    Watch China Stories on Class Clips

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