White Horse Village is a tiny farming community deep in rural China. A decade ago, it became part of the biggest urbanisation project in human history, as the Chinese government decided to take half a billion farmers and turn them into city-dwelling consumers. White Horse Village was to become a city of 200,000 in just a few years.
Filmed over the past six years, Carrie Gracie follows the lives of three local people during this upheaval. She meets Xiao Zhang, a mother and rice farmer desperate to see her children have a better life, Xie Tingming, an entrepreneur determined to make money and push the development forward and the local Communist Party Secretary, who is caught between what the party wants and a way of life that has endured for centuries.
The Fastest Changing Place on Earth, is an extraordinary story of ordinary people in one tiny village as the Government’s epic plans sweep through China at a speed and scale unimaginable anywhere else on earth. In just ten years they plan to build thousands of new cities, a new road network to rival the USA’s and three hundred of the world’s biggest dams.
Telecast on BBC One
Monday 5 March, 2012