Diving into the Yangtze river
Wuhan & Xining
Early August 2010
Besides me being the DOP and Cameraman, we had two great filmers along, Dana from Canada and Danny from Shenzhen. But the list doesn’t stop here… We also had a team manager along, three producers, one director, an assisting cameraman, one editor, one from the creative department, two personal assistants, two location managers, three skaters and a bunch of locals… Yes around twenty people at some points for a skate trip… It was pretty epic!
Wuhan is not as tamed to foreigners as some other eastern cities by the coast. Dana and I were getting drinks by the hotel and Dana being the most foreign looking creature on the face on the Western Hemisphere, led to a small girl crying in the store.
Xining lays in the Qinghai province in central-western China.
Going to Xi’an always feels like a trip, seeing the Islam influence within the Chinese culture is something still new and interesting in my eyes. Going to Xining was definitely a degree more Muslim. Seeing three cultures combined in one, Chinese, Hui (Muslim) and Tibetan is quite a change after mainly seeing pure Chinese on the coast.
Not often do I get goose bumps when I hear people sing, but while we were dining in a Xinjiang cuisine restaurant, we kept hearing someone sing opera a couple rooms away. The man pointing was able to chant some traditional Mongolian songs, as well as classical Italian opera… I wish photos would record audio…