Our Favorite Movies About China

There’s no doubt that you’ve been on the internet night and day trying to find out what really goes on in China. You’re curious about the cuisine, what the language sounds like, what a Chinese classroom setting entails, the cultural differences between each province, the country’s history, etc.

The amount of content New Life ESL provides is like a single star in outer space compared to what China really has to offer.There’s so much more information about China than you could ever absorb in one lifetime.

Don’t believe us?

Get lost in the art of curing meat in freshly produced sea salt with A Bite of China. Become a part of thousands of years of history with Niall Ferguson’s Triumph and Turmoil. And understand the competitive nature of your future students with BBC’s Chinese School.


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Our Favorite Movies About China

A Bite of China:

It doesn’t matter where you’re from, where you are, or where you’re going – any one who has a true love for food and how it ends up on our plates can appreciate A Bite of China.

Originally released only on CCTV, the mini-series gained critical acclaim through major media outlets like The Guardian and quickly became dubbed with English.

A Bite of China is shot in over 60 cities, towns, and villages throughout the mainland, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

The series is beautifully shot in HD, giving viewers an entirely new perspective and appreciation towards the food we eat and how it’s produced.

Already seen it? Keep an eye out for the second seven-episode series recently released to Chinese viewers during spring festival.


Episode 1 – Gifts from Nature: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRHNa9qdtlw

Episode 2 – The Story of Staple Foods: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCgYUKPNCug

Episode 3 – Inspiration for Change: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxQ3j7ls1J0

Episode 4 – The Taste of Time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RETcZdsp1k

Episode 5 – Secrets of the Kitchen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QxvbeZ-9m4

Episode 6 – A Perfect Blend of Five Flavors: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnbNa3JiUow

Episode 7 – Our Farm: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phnghlE6W1E


Triumph and Turmoil:

BBC’s three-part series lets us read beyond the pages in history books that conveniently got stuck together.

Hosted by Niall Ferguson, these three episodes takes us through a dramatic journey of the past horrors, present growth, and future sustainability of The People’s Republic.

Although we’re not able to give too much away without our own site getting blocked by The Great Firewall, this is a must-see to have an understanding on how China got to where it is today.


Episode 1: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/china-triumph-and-turmoil/4od#3394673

Episode 2: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/china-triumph-and-turmoil/4od#3394671

Episode 3: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/china-triumph-and-turmoil/4od#3394674


BBC Chinese School:

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree with a classic stereotype like “the smart Chinese kid”.

This documentary hits the nail on the head on why China’s students pressure themselves into being the best when it comes to education.

By understanding the Chinese education system and its value of rote memorization and future-determining tests, you’ll be able to tailor your lesson plans to the learning structure of your students and introduce them to new methods.


Episode 1 – The Year of the Golden Pig: http://the-documentary-center.com/index.php/browse-by-category/around-the-globe/asia/china?pid=13&sid=779:Episode-1-The-Year-of-the-Golden-PIg

Episode 2 – Young Pioneers: http://the-documentary-center.com/index.php/browse-by-category/around-the-globe/asia/china?pid=13&sid=778:Episode-2-Young-Pioneers

Episode 3 – Hard Beginnings: http://the-documentary-center.com/index.php/browse-by-category/around-the-globe/asia/china?pid=13&sid=780:Episode-3-Hard-Beginnings

Episode 4 – Olympic Fever: http://the-documentary-center.com/index.php/browse-by-category/around-the-globe/asia/china?pid=13&sid=781:Episode-4-Olympic-Fever

Episode 5 – Loved Ones: http://the-documentary-center.com/index.php/browse-by-category/around-the-globe/asia/china?pid=13&sid=782:Episode-5-Loved-Ones



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