Reality show lets foreigners see China's rural makeover
Ten people from different countries and various walks of life were selected to participate in The Day I Ran China, a reality show produced by Mango TV and Discovery channel, to experience firsthand the 21st century makeover of China's countryside.
In each episode, the participants from Italy, Mexico, the United Kingdom and other countries visit an idyllic rural area and compete in a series of challenges based on the venue's poverty-alleviation efforts.
The show has brought international participants to Northwest, Southwest, North and Central China, including Yunnan, Guizhou, Sichuan and Hunan provinces, and the Inner Mongolia, Ningxia Hui and Guangxi Zhuang autonomous regions.
In a recent episode, participants traveled to Hunan province's Yizhang county, where e-commerce prevails as the major way for local people to sell agricultural products.
Lucien Pang, 31, a British-Chinese participant on the show, was also amazed by the wide application of e-commerce livestreaming in rural China. "The technology is such a cool way to bring about massive changes," says Pang.
He believes that e-commerce will help bridge the gap between urban and rural areas.