Wild China

From the eastern end of the Great Wall, China’s coast spans 14,000 kilometres and more than 7,000 years of history. This is a place of huge contrasts: futuristic modern cities jostling traditional seaweed-thatched villages, ancient tea terraces and wild wetlands where rare animals still survive.

Here white dolphins, red-crowned cranes, deadly vipers, giant sturgeon and sabre-wielding monkeys struggle to eke out a living faced by competition from 700 million people; widespread pollution and over-fishing. How China is managing such conflicting pressures has lessons for us all.

Last episode in series. AirsSaturday 16th August 7.30pm

Saturday 2nd August 7.30pm

China’s heartland with its Han people is the centre of a 5,000-year-old civilization. This land contains the Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven, and Beijing’s Olympic Stadium, and it’s home to some of China’s most charismatic creatures such as the giant panda, golden snub-nosed monkey, and golden takin.

China has undergone significant development in the past 50 years, bringing many environmental problems. But the relationship of the Chinese to their environment and its creatures is in fact deep, complex, and extraordinary.

Saturday 26th July 7.30pm

The size of Western Europe, the Tibetan plateau covers a quarter of China. This vast windswept wilderness is one of the world’s most remote places, defined by the glacier-strewn Himalayas.

But this brutal region is home to incredible wildlife such as rare chiru, brown bear, wild yak, and even the highest predators on earth. There are more large creatures here than anywhere else in China.

Tibet has a unique culture, defined by over one thousand years of Buddhism. This strange looking culture has nurtured remarkable beliefs. During this episode we learn why this landscape and ancient culture is the life support system for much of the planet.

Saturday 12th July 7.30pm

China is one of the oldest civilisations on Earth, and its history is one of the most turbulent. For almost a century, its borders have been all but closed to the outside world. But finally, China is opening up to the world.

This landmark series gains unprecedented access into this most enigmatic of countries, and reveals a land of astonishing natural complexity, fabulous landscapes, rare and surprising wildlife, and colourful people.

Episode 1 – Heart of the Dragon

The improbable egg-carton hills of Southern China seem to float in a sea of glistening rice paddies. This is a landscape full of surprises – next to peasants ploughing with buffaloes are rivers concealing dwarf alligators and giant salamanders and trained cormorants that catch fish for their masters.

What forces have shaped this remarkable landscape and how do farmers and wild creatures manage to coexist among the rocks and the rice fields?

This landmark BBC six-part series reveals the little-known natural treasures and secret wildlife havens of China’s wildest regions.

This six-part series reveals the little-known natural treasures and secret wildlife havens of China’s wildest regions.