Armchair Travel China


  • China by John Perritano available on Hoopla
    Part of the Major Nations in a Global World: Tradition, Culture, and Daily Life series
    Rooted in millennia of history but moving to the contemporary beat of globalization, Chinese society is marked both by tradition and rapid change. The urban bustle of cities like Shanghai and Beijing; the Great Wall of China and temples to Confucius; rice balls, ramen, and chopsticks; the Lantern Festival, tai chi, and ping pong-China's new and old worlds are both celebrated in this volume on the country's customs and culture.
  • China The Essential Guide To Customs & Culture by Kathy Flower available on Hoopla
    Part of the Culture Smart! Series
    Culture Smart! China puts the latest dramatic changes into a historical context, explains deep-seated cultural attitudes, and guides the visitor through a maze of unfamiliar social situations. It will enable you to discover for yourself the warmth, intelligence, humor, and humanity of this extraordinary people. The spectacular Beijing Olympics of 2008 heralded China's arrival as an economic superpower. When the world plunged into economic crisis, in China, too, factories closed, but most unemployed workers simply made their way back to the countryside.
  • Invisible China A Journey Through Ethnic Borderlands by Colin Legerton, Jacob Rawson available on Hoopla 
    Traveling more than 14,000 miles by bus and train to the farthest reaches of China, the authors of this narrative explore the minority peoples who dwell there, talking to farmers in their fields, monks in their monasteries, fishermen on their skiffs, and herders on the steppe.
  • Emperors Of China by Tommy Tong available on Hoopla 
    This historically accurate educational series on China for Children continues with a look at some of the most famous leaders of Chinas past.

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  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan available on Beamafilm 
    In 19th-century China, seven year old girls Snow Flower and Lily are matched as laotong - or 'old sames' - bound together for eternity. Isolated by their families, they furtively communicate by taking turns writing in a secret language, nu shu, between the folds of a white silk fan. In a parallel story in present day Shanghai, the laotong's descendants, Nina and Sophia, struggle to maintain the intimacy of their own childhood friendship in the face of demanding careers, complicated love lives, and a relentlessly evolving Shanghai. Drawing on the lessons of the past, the two modern women must understand the story of their ancestral connection, hidden from them in the folds of the antique white silk fan, or risk losing one another forever.
  • New Beijing: Reinventing A City available on Beamafilm
    Swinging from old to new, this documentary gives a panoramic view of the biggest construction boom in history and charts the modern face of Beijing and its newly iconic buildings.
  • The Nightingale available on Beamafilm 
    In order to keep a promise he made to his wife, an old man sets off to her native village with a bird in a cage, along the road together with his granddaughter he discovers new values, particularly those related to the heart.
  • Little Big Soldier available on Beamafilm 
    An old soldier captures a young general after a battle in China and takes him on a long journey to collect a reward.
  • Detective Dee and the Phantom Flame available on Beamafilm 
    An exiled detective is recruited to solve a series of mysterious deaths that threaten to delay the inauguration of Empress Wu.
  • The Dragon Pearl available on Beamafilm 
    Josh (Louis Corbett) and Ling (Li Lin Jin) thought they were in for a boring vacation with each of their parents at an archaeological dig in China. But the new friends soon discover they're right in the middle of an adventure when they find a mysterious monster that's been hidden deep in a temple for thousands of years. Josh tries to warn his father (Sam Neill) about the strange and magical creature, while Ling senses bigger forces at play. They soon realise that the monster is really an ancient Chinese Dragon, trapped on Earth because it's been separated from its magical pearl. On a breathtaking journey of good and evil Josh and Ling must uncover the mystery of the pearl so that the dragon can finally return to its rightful place. 
  • The China Hustle available on Hoopla 
    From the producers of ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM, a Wall Street heist story about Chinese companies, the US stock market and a still-unfolding financial crime so big, it has the power to affect all of our wallets.
  • Mysteries Of China available on Hoopla 
    This documentary captures one of the greatest archaeological events in modern times by telling the story of ancient China, the First Emperor, and the literal foundation of the China we know today.
  • China: Beijing, Great Wall, Xian, Guilin, Hong Kong & Shanghai available on Hoopla 
    Beijing has an amazing history exemplified by three of the city's most impressive historic attractions: Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven.
  • Understanding Imperial China: Dynasties, Life, And Culture, Part of the Great Courses series, available on Hoopla 
    A knowledge of China's majestic empire is essential for any understanding of its present. Discover what daily life was like for government bureaucrats, scholars, women of the court, soldiers, merchants, craftspeople, emperors, concubines, poets, farmers, and many others - all set against the backdrop of the richness, the diversity, the genius, and the splendor of imperial China.
  • Heritage Of Chinese Culture And DancePart of the Heritage of Chinese Culture and Dance series, available on Hoopla 
    With beautiful sights and sounds, this series provides a rare glimpse into Chinese culture through the introduction of seven representative dance forms. It traces the historical and geographical roots of the dance traditions in China and looks into what inspires people to create dance, how contemporary artists breathe new life into the dance traditions, as well as the distinguishing features and techniques of each dance form.