CHINA FROM ABOVE: A DOCUMENTARY

CHINA FROM ABOVE: A DOCUMENTARY

This documentary is presented by the National Geographic Channel. It is about the modernization efforts being done by China to keep up with the needs of its growing population. The efforts documented in the video were economic and social in nature. It focused on Shanghai, one of China’s main cities and is the most populous city in the world with 24 million people living in it.

It is interesting to note that the modernization efforts in Shanghai took only three decades. A photographer was interviewed in the documentary and he recalled that there were no skyscrapers yet as of 1993. Yet, in 2014, the number of Shanghai’s skyscrapers rivaled that of Tokyo. It is also noteworthy that after centuries of seclusion, China is now sharing these things to the world. They are becoming open to doing trade and business with the rest of the world. They are also more accepting of the social influences that come with non-seclusion. But their nationalism is still very evident as with the fact that they speak their own dialect in Shanghai.

It is heartwarming to know that despite the urban transformation, the Chinese still hold on to their values and traditions. The family is at the root of these values. No matter how busy their lives get and wherever they are, they take a moment to be with their families. This ensures that values are preserved and passed down from generation to generation. It makes us realize that we should not forget our roots. This documentary also makes us appreciate that even in a fast paced environment, it is very important to spend time with family and have some rest and recreation. It is amazing to know the different innovations and engineering solutions that they do to be able to keep up with the demands of their growing population. Since China has the biggest population in the world, some of their innovations are also the biggest in the world. These large-scale engineering projects allow them to cater to the needs of the people and to develop ingenious ways to solve the challenges that they face.