♦ Shooting locations
Minqin (Gansu Province) and Wusutu (Inner Mongolia) both lie in the coal and industry belt that stretches for over 1000 kilometres west to east across northern China. In addition to the destructive exploitation of the landscape this region suffers from severe pollution and water scarcity.
Jiuxiancun (Guangxi Province) is a small rice-growing village that dates back to the time of the Qing Dynasty (1616-1912). It is situated in the south of China, not far from the tourist-centre of Yangshuo, where rain is plentiful. The region is known for its iconographic landscape, consisting of innumerable karst hills rising above the rice fields. In no other province did the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) rage with such devastating force as in Guangxi.
Chongqing (an independent administrative unit) is a booming mega-city on the Yangtze River, the largest river in China. With over 30 million inhabitants, it is currently the most populous city in the world. In recent years, it has grown with greater intensity and the city is in a constant state of upheaval.