Marco Polo coming to Netflix complete with sex, Mongols and naked kungfu

The original lost laowai, Marco Polo is getting the premium TV treatment with a new 10-episode Netflix original series debuting December 12th. Lorenzo Richelmy is playing the Venetian explorer, and the show will centre on his adventures in the court of Kublai Khan, during the Yuan Dynasty of 13th century China.Read More

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No Pets or Foreigners attempts to capture laowai experience in new sitcom

Possibly coming to a TV or Youku stream near you is a new sitcom called No Pets or Foreigners, which follows the misadventures of Melvin and Larry, two Westerners in Beijing, as well as their brusque Chinese landlord Mr. Li and his materialistic daughter Lingling.Read More

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Where to watch the PRC’s 60th Anniversary Celebration?

eChinaCities has a good rundown of what we can expect from tomorrow’s massive 60th anniversary celebration marking the founding of the People’s Republic of China. It can be watched online in English via CCTV9 starting first thing in the morning. Like most China-centric sites, you may have troubles loading the players in anything other than …Read More

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The Story of the White Snake – reviewed.

When I started writing a blog, I didn’t anticipate that I would end up reviewing a Chinese TV series filmed in the early 1990’s. The reason I decided to write the review is that, like a lot of expats living in China, I had viewed a lot of homegrown TV with a kind of resigned …Read More

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Wikipedia calls CCTV’s Yang Rui a “little biatch”

Most expats in China have likely run across Yang Rui while flipping through all one channels of English-language programming. The host of CCTV 9’s desperately dry Dialogue, Yang has a disposition that is as unforgettable as it is annoying. Dialogue has been likened to a Larry King Live-style talk show, whereby Yang interviews various guests …Read More

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