The city of Tianjin in northeast China was created by an imperial decree. Today virtual forests of construction cranes symbolize its rebirth.
Tianjin’s history is intertwined with that of Beijing, as for centuries this port has linked China’s capital city with the world. At the 150-year-old Astor Hotel, visitors can stay in rooms once occupied by Albert Einstein, Charlie Chaplin, Herbert Hoover and Pu Yi (“the last Emperor”). But Chicken Kiev has been replaced on local menus by Kentucky Fried Chicken.
The TEDA International School is located in one of the fastest growing sections of Tianjin. With that growth came an influx of families from North America, Europe and Asia. Meanwhile, an Italian architect is working with Chinese colleagues to document and preserve the city’s “European heritage,” while a local family has for generations produced the wood-block images China depends upon to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
I was the Series Producer/Writer, as well as Producer/Director of selected segments. It would never have been possible without the help of Co-Producer Jiang Weihui. The Coordinating Producer was Julie Jinwen Dai. The series was narrated by Chris Verrell.