From National Geographic:
Cars are racing into China supercharging its economy, and delivering dreams of a better life. But Chinas cars are clogging its highways and spewing out clouds of pollution. The rest of the world better watch out, because some Chinese automakers have plans to flood the world markets with cheaper Chinese cars be they made by GM or Chinas own Geely Automotive. We go inside the Geely plant in Ningbo, and follow a worker after hours in the canteen with his girlfriend, and then in the dorm he shares with seven other men. We see chairman and founder Li Shufu at his university in Beijing, welcoming the freshmen who one day will work at Geely, and help take it onto the worlds stage. We tag along with David and Vivian Ren as they go shopping for a car in Beijing, and then spend a 12-hour day picking it up, getting the licence plate, and paying for it with cash. The automobile industry and private car ownership are pivotal to Chinas economic recovery. They promise freedom to travel and a better life. But they are contributing to Chinas pollution. This worries environmentalist Sherry Liao who also believes that China is adopting too many western values. Car marketing expert Michael Dunne makes sense of it all. Call it a driving dream or a nightmare. This is China’s revolution on wheels.
Previously on Shanghaiist Sunday Show
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Chinese Film Odyssey
Children of Blessing
The Unseen China
Brits Get Rich in China
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