Saturday, November 25

Hong Kong & Shanghai

This video has footage on Hong Kong and Shanghai from a visit to China in 2002. It is a non-interpretive video -- i.e. the soundtrack has music but no irritating commentary from the traveler. In Hong Kong, we look at Victoria Harbor, Nathan Road, office buildings, houses and shops on both Hong Kong side and Kowloon side. At Shanghai, we go to Nanjing Donglu at night and watch the people, the consumer culture at the malls, missionaries at work amongst pedestrians, and even a travelling nighclub set up in a tent -- with hukao-less day-laborers watching Prada-clad young people dance away inside . We also look at the Bund, the Oriental Pearl TV tower; 'old Shanghai' at Julu Lu; the Pearl Market area; Sun Yat-sen's house and so on. This part ends with a boat trip down the Huangpo Jiang to the Chang Jiang (Yangtze Kiang) on a smoggy sun-obscured morning, crossing junks, houseboats, restaurant boats, ferries, shipbreaking yards and an occasional Chinese Navy submarine. Running time 56 minutes.


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