China On Four Wheels

8:00pm Sunday 16 September on BBC TWO

Anita Rani and Justin Rowlatt continue their epic car journeys through China, as they explore the effect of the country’s rapid economic growth on people’s day-to-day lives.

In the final episode of this two-part series, the pair continue their journeys, navigating congested cities and winding mountain roads towards their final destination of China’s financial capital, Shanghai.

Justin’s route heads to the popular tourist town of Fenghuang, famous as the home of the Miao ethnic minority. He discovers how tourism has impacted on the lives of the local community and visits a nearby traditional Miao village. Here it becomes evident that the colourful tourist image of the Miao is far from reality.

His journey then takes him to the world’s largest Mao statue, where Justin asks visitors what Mao means to them and asks how Mao’s ideals fit in with today’s capitalist society.

Meanwhile, Anita’s route takes her to a vineyard, where she discovers that the growing popularity of imported European wines amongst China’s wealthier communities has led to a rapidly growing Chinese wine industry. She also visits a bridge in Nanjing which is notorious for the high number of suicides committed there each year – often struggling migrant workers. She meets a local man who dedicates his spare time to patrolling the bridge in an effort to save lives.

In Shanghai, Anita also visits a wedding car company and meets some young newlyweds who have married with a fleet of expensive cars, and joins a typical “tiger mum” on the school run.

Justin and Anita reconvene in Shanghai and reflect on the revelations of their journeys.

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