China Rises is a four-hour documentary series that combines the talents of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and New York Times Television to chronicle how the monumental changes unfolding in the planet's most populous nation could reshape our world.
In 25 Years, China has achieved the most rapid economic advance in such a short time of any nation in history. How? By scrapping its devotion to collectivism and embracing private enterprise with the zeal of 19th-century robber barons. But is China's success riding on the backs of the poor?
Visit Shanghai, the City of Dreams where a prosperous middle-class evolves that leaves millions behind. China's exploding economy has created a new middle class. Though prosperity for some comes at a price for others.
From the steamy kitchens of Canton to the arid moonscape of the north, food is the very heart and soul of China. But increasing development and dwindling water supplies threaten the nation's ability to feed itself. Meet the men and women who celebrate the glory of authentic Chinese cuisine - while working to preserve a healthy food supply for future generations.