A Billion Chinese Dreams

Episodic Information

In 2010, longtime Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, Peter Hessler, published the book "Country Driving". Hessler spent 7 years in China, and he wrote lovingly of the lives of ordinary farmers, migrant workers, and entrepreneurs transformed by the massive changes. Inspired by the book, this series revisits some of the protagonists 10 years later. Retracing four unique routes - along the Great Wall, following the railways running north-to-south, across the Hu Line, and following the flow of the Yangtze River - we traverse this massive country to probe the meaning of home and happiness; the result of economic growth; the rich-poor divide; and the issue of sustainable development as the people seek to define their Chinese dream.  

Episode: 4 x 60 mins

Languages: English

Production year: 2019