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Tomorrow's Chengdu

Martin explores the new township of Tianfu, a model city in development that will be the model of future cities in China. As high tech industry is a main draw in Tianfu, Martin visits some of these new software developers, and a Mao Chai restaurant, the popular choice for lunch among many new tech workers. That evening Martin samples the molecular gastronomy of chef Huang atop a Chengdu high rise. He rides off in one of the city's popular 'shared' bikes.

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  • 2020-02-20T08:00:00-08:00
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  • 2020-02-20T16:00:00-08:00
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Tomorrow's Chengdu

Martin explores the new township of Tianfu, a model city in development that will be the model of future cities in China. As high tech industry is a main draw in Tianfu, Martin visits some of these new software developers, and a Mao Chai restaurant, the popular choice for lunch among many new tech workers. That evening Martin samples the molecular gastronomy of chef Huang atop a Chengdu high rise. He rides off in one of the city's popular 'shared' bikes.

  • 2020-02-20T08:00:00-08:00
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  • 2020-02-20T16:00:00-08:00
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Hot Pot, Anyone?

Hot pot is almost a religion in Chengdu. On this episode, Martin explores several of Chengdu's estimated 30,000 hot pot restaurants. He show cases them by their unique features and themes. He also goes into the street and asks the general public how they truly feel about hot pots.

  • 2020-02-23T02:00:00-08:00
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  • 2020-02-25T08:00:00-08:00
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  • 2020-02-25T16:00:00-08:00
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  • 2020-02-27T08:00:00-08:00
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  • 2020-02-27T16:00:00-08:00
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Tea Time!

Outside of Chengdu there are several well known tea plantations. Martin explores the local tea cultivation process, samples different types of popular brews, attends a tea serving ceremony, and visits the oldest tea house in People's Park in Chengdu. In the studio Martin cooks up dishes that use tea as an ingredient or flavoring agent.

  • 2020-03-01T02:00:00-08:00
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  • 2020-03-03T08:00:00-08:00
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  • 2020-03-03T16:00:00-08:00
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  • 2020-03-05T08:00:00-08:00
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  • 2020-03-05T16:00:00-08:00
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The Voice of the Mountain

Sichuan is mountainous. Outside of Chengdu many ethnic minorities reside up in the mountains for centuries. Mountain music is a popular instrument used to express local culture and record local history. Martin meets up with Mr. Zhang, a famous mountain singer and learns about the life and cuisine of the mountains.

  • 2020-03-08T03:00:00-07:00
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  • 2020-03-10T17:00:00-07:00
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  • 2020-03-12T17:00:00-07:00
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That Which Sustains Life

The origin of Chengdu can be credited to Dujiangyan, a set of levies that diverted the Min River over 2,000 years ago. Martin visits this UNESCO historical site and saw first hand how the water had created the fertile farmland which eventually gave rise to the city of Chengdu. He enjoys the abundance of fruits and vegetables by visiting local farms and orchards.

  • 2020-03-15T03:00:00-07:00
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  • 2020-03-17T09:00:00-07:00
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