Wild China: A BBC and CCTV co-production [DVD]

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An in-depth look at some of China's most impressive natural sites such as the ancient Han kingdom, the Mongol steppes, the Silk Road and the Tibetan Plateau.


A six-part nature documentary series, co-produced by the BBC Natural History Unit and China Central Television (CCTV) and filmed entirely in high-definition (HD). It was screened in the UK on BBC Two from 11 May to 5 June 2008. The English narration was provided by Bernard Hill and the series produced by Phil Chapman for the BBC and Gao Xiaoping for CCTV. The Chinese version was broadcast under the title Beautiful China.

The musical score to accompany the series was composed by Barnaby Taylor and is performed by Cheng Yu and the UK Chinese Ensemble.

All six episodes of the BBC TV series are presented in a box set of 3 DVD discs.

See the list of episodes and other details under Additional information.

Read full description of the series in Wikipedia

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Bernard Hill (narrator)


Colour, PAL

Main soundtrack

English or Greek (selectable), Dolby Digital 2.0


OFF or Greek (selectable)


Region 2 

Aspect ratio


Number of discs





2 Entertain Video

Release date

9 June 2008 in the UK

Run time

300 minutes (5 hours)



List of episodes

Episode 1: Heart of the Dragon

The unique hills of southern China seem to float in a "sea" of rice fields, shining with light. A landscape where surprises follow each other. What forces influenced the formation of this magnificent landscape and how is it really a partnership between the farmers and wild animals in an area dotted with rocks and crops of rice possible?

Episode 2: Shangri-La

Under a mayhem of clouds on the outskirts of Southwest China, amid towering mountain peaks, dense tropical forests nest. These remote forests stretch to the north of the country where you would expect to encounter only desert. What, then, explains the existence of these forests? The answer probably lies in the harsh landscape.

Episode 3: Tibet

The Tibetan plateau covers a quarter of China and its size is equal to the entire Western Europe. This vast wilderness is one of the most remote regions on Earth and is bordered by the Himalayan mountains dotted with glaciers. But this rugged region is home to incredible wild animals like the rare tibetan antelope, the brown bear, the wild yak and some of the higher predators in the world.

Episode 4: Land of the Panda

The mainland of China inhabited by the Han people is the focus of an ancient civilization of 5,000 years. This vital area includes the Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven and the Beijing Olympic Stadium and is the natural environment of some of the most charismatic species of the animal kingdom, like the giant panda, the golden pug-nosed ape and the golden antelope.

Episode 5: Beyond the Great Wall

The emperors of China built the Great Wall to protect their kingdom from hostile neighbours from the north. Beyond the wall we meet nomadic fighters, weird wild animals and extreme weather conditions. How can there be life in such inhospitable deserts or cold and barren earth? The law of survival prevailing in these extreme regions -adaptation or death- has shaped some of the most interesting types of people and animals across China.

Episode 6: Tides of Change

Beyond the eastern end of the Great Wall stretches the coastline of China with a total length of 14,000 km and 7,000 years of history. This is a vast land with huge contrasts, futuristic modern cities crowd villages with traditional roofs of seaweed, white dolphins, red crested cranes and aggressive monkeys engage in a constant struggle for survival. The way China handles conflicting pressures like these, is a valuable lesson for us all.



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