With splendour, scale and romance, Wild China lifts the veil on the world’s most enigmatic and magnificent country, delving into its vibrant habitats to reveal a land of unbelievable natural complexity. Journey across China from the glittering peaks of the Himalayas to the barren steppe, the sub-Arctic to the tropical islands, Heart of the Dragon The improbable egg-carton hills of Southern China seem to float in a sea of glistening rice paddies. This is a landscape full of surprises. Next to peasants ploughing with buffaloes are rivers concealing dwarf alligators and giant salamanders, trained cormorants that catch fish for their masters, bats with unusual tastes and monkeys that hide in caves. Programme 2: Shangri-La Hidden beneath billowing clouds, in China’s remote south west, are perhaps the richest natural treasures in all China. Immense rivers carve their way south below towering peaks. Programme 3: Tibet The Tibetan plateau covers a quarter of China – an area the size of Western Europe. This vast, windswept wilderness is one of the world’s most remote places, defined by the glacier-strewn Himalayas. Beyond the Great Wall China’s emperors built the Great Wall to keep their kingdom safe from the hostile barbarians to the north. Land of the Panda China’s heartland with its Han people is the centre of a 5,000-year-old civilization. This land contains the Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven, and Beijing’s Olympic Stadium and is home to some of China’s most charismatic creatures such as the giant panda, golden snub-nosed monkey, and golden takin. Programme 6: Tides of Change From the eastern end of the Great Wall, China’s coast spans 14,500km and more than 5,000 years of history. This is a place of huge contrasts: futuristic modern cities jostling with traditional seaweed-thatched villages, ancient tea terraces and wild wetlands where rare animals still survive.