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on 16 June 2010
Paul Merton presents a guide to offbeat China from the perspective of someone not at all familiar with Chinese culture. Refreshingly, Paul is prepared to say what he is not enjoying in his experiences (e.g. kung fu, fake Western-style houses) as well as pay tribute to those aspects of Chinese culture that truly fascinate him (e.g Chinese innovation, Shanghai's atmosphere, etc.).

As Paul is a comedian brought up in the UK with the negative images of modern China as well as the positives, and not a seasoned traveller familiar with all sides of the country's political and social situation, do not expect a totally serious, deferential documentary; we get a man who drives his wife crazy building robots rather than a trip to the Great Wall, for instance, and a couple of times he sneaks off to attempt to film what the authorities would rather he and the viewer didn't see. But there are plenty of in-depth books and documentaries available that chart China's history and places in a more formal, heavily political way.
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