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Seeing China through a Pakistani's eyes

By Li Shen
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A 13-episode documentary depicting Chinese culture, history, society and tourism through the eyes of a Pakistani tourist premiered Monday at the Pakistan Embassy in Beijing.

"The Journey of Friendship" was shot in six Chinese cities—Beijing, Shanghai, Guilin, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Macau—in 20 days. In collaboration with China Central TV Station, the production team captured 64 destinations including architectural wonders like the Great Wall, natural beauty like the Karst landforms and Li River of Guilin, Chinese cuisine and traditional arts, and the Chinese way of life.

Through the experiences of the host, one can see the awe and fascination of a tourist when he encounters the grandeur of China for the first time, filmmakers said.

Saadia Haseeb, managing director of 'The Journey of Friendship' delivers a speech at the launch ceremony held at the Pakistan Embassy in Beijing on Dec. 10, 2012. [Photo by Li Shen/]

Saadia Haseeb, managing director of "The Journey of Friendship" delivers a speech at the launch ceremony held at the Pakistan Embassy in Beijing on Dec. 10, 2012. [Photo by Li Shen/] 

"It is the first time for me Pakistan to make a documentary featuring Chinese culture and tourism," said director Saadia Haseeb. "Through this program we have endeavored to bring to the Pakistani audience a holistic yet intensive understanding of our favorite neighbor."

The production team also interviewed the Chinese who are involved in improving China-Pakistan relations. The series features Tang Mengsheng, director of the Pakistan Studies Center of Peking University.

"We always say that the Sino-Pak friendship is higher than the mountains and deeper than the oceans. But we need to think it seriously that how could we do to keep this momentum," Tang said at the film's launch ceremony. "Pakistan has done a lot in China's stepping-out and we cannot forget our old friend."

The film is a window to the Chinese world, according to Chen Zuming, vice president of the China Association of International Friendly Contact "I hope that the Chinese side can do the same thing you've done soon," Chen told attendees at the launch.

After its Beijing premiere, the program will debut in Singapore later this month. It will also be televised in Pakistan and on CCTV early next year.

The production team plans to start shooting a new documentary featuring Pakistani culture, people and society next year as a sequel to the series.

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