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Around The World in 80 Days - China Today by jamesinhangzhou on 25 November 2012 3:48pm
 
Hi everyone,

A quick post for people who, like me, love around the world in 80 days.

I have been living in China for a number of years, and my apartment is just a few miles from a scene in Around The World in 80 Days. On episode 5, when travelling from Guangzhou to Shanghai, on I believe, November 8th, 1988, they travelled through Hangzhou, in Zhejiang Province. It must have been around 5.30pm. The scene I am referring to starts at 48 minutes and 6 seconds, and lasts up to 48 minutes and 22 seconds.

They travel over the Qiantang River, which is famous for its large tidal bore:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qiantang_River

The train goes over the Qiantang River Bridge:
http://www.at0086.com/QTJB/

The cameraman mainly focuses on the pagoda, called Liuhe Pagoda:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liuhe_Pagoda

Yesterday, around 5pm, I walked acros the bridge, recording video on my cellphone. Here are the screenshots. I labeled them with the minute and second they correspond to in episode 5.

http://s1287.beta.photobucket.com/user/JamesInHangzhou/library/?
 
Re: Around The World in 80 Days - China Today by Ken Dunn on 25 November 2012 10:09pm
 
Good photos James.
 
Re: Around The World in 80 Days - China Today by suzulu on 27 November 2012 1:16pm
 
Thanks, James. Great photos.
 
Re: Around The World in 80 Days - China Today by jamesinhangzhou on 19 December 2012 9:02am
 
Found an interesting link to Sam's tailors today (from the episode in Hong Kong): Seems they are still going strong:

http://samstailor.com/news-mainmenu-12/305-michael-palin-met-the-original-sam?catid=2%3Atailor
 
Re: Around The World in 80 Days - China Today by jamesinhangzhou on 27 February 2013 4:13am
 
Did anyone wonder about the songs that get played as Michael goes round the world?
In the episode in China (episode 5), at the 38 minutes mark, the train DJ starts playing a song. My colleagues tell me the song is called Huang Tu Gao Po. On the episode we just hear 20 seconds worth. You can hear the whole song here:
http://mp3.sogou.com/music.so?query=%BB%C6%CD%C1%B8%DF%C6%C2+%BA%BC%CC%EC%E7%F7+&;class=1&st=&ac=1&pf=&_asf=mp3.sogou.com&_ast=1361938191&p=&w=&interV=&w=02009900&sut=3510&sst0=1361938190994
Click on the earphones icon for the first result in the list.
 
Re: Around The World in 80 Days - China Today by Loretto on 27 February 2013 5:29pm
 
That's interesting. Yes, some of the music in all of the series is just lovely.
 
Re: Around The World in 80 Days - China Today by Ken Dunn on 27 February 2013 7:07pm
 
It's not a complaint but don't computers need the strangest long instructions to do something?
If you could tell it to 'Play Chinese music from ATWIED' that would make much more sense!
 
Re: Around The World in 80 Days - China Today by Loretto on 9 May 2013 7:10pm
 
I just read a post that was very interesting. I often wondered how difficult it would be for a woman to travel around the world in 80 days. Even today it would be difficult, but guess what, a woman did do it!!!! GOOD WOMAN! If anyone would like to offer me a film crew and travel expenses I'd give it a shot.

http://wandersoftheworld.net/2013/05/07/who-was-the-first-to-go-around-the-world-in-80-days/
 
Re: Around The World in 80 Days - China Today by jamesinhangzhou on 30 June 2013 11:56am
 
*Post for fellow anoraks of ATWI80D*

Last weekend I had a chance to pop up to Shanghai, which is just 1 hour from where I live by high speed train. I took the chance to wander along to "Tong Han Chun Tang Chinese medicine store" which Michael visited in episode 6, around the 3.40 minute mark. I took photos and uploaded them here for anyone wanting to compare then and now.

http://s1287.photobucket.com/user/JamesInHangzhou/library/?sort=3&;page=1

The biggest differences are the addition of 2 lions by the door. The place is much busier now with huge crowds, and of course it is much more modern with a Haggen Dasz and Dairy Queen. The inside of the store is now much more modern too. I think that the place Michael was speaking Egnlish to a huge crowd (around 5.40 mark) was right outside the front door, so I included a photo of that too for comparison.
 
Re: Around The World in 80 Days - China Today by suzulu on 3 July 2013 4:18pm
 
Great pics, James.
 
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