China's Best Travel Show Is Back For Season 2!
Back in 2016, YouTubers Winston Sterzel and Matthew Tye released Conquering Southern China, a four-part travel series documenting their incredible motorcycle journey across several southern provinces. They’re now back with Conquering Northern China (CNC), a similarly gruelling adventure that sees the duo skirt some of the world’s most dangerous borders, all in search of a China that “you’ve never seen before.”
While the show admittedly gets off to a bit of a slow start during the pair’s time in Qingdao, it improves drastically as they get out of the big cities and get involved in the lives of locals whose stories are never covered by domestic or international media. As the series progresses, viewers are introduced to oyster farmers in Shandong, an ethnic Korean alcohol producer on the border of North Korea, camel farmers in Inner Mongolia, and ethnic Russian minorities that identify as Chinese.
Along the way, viewers can enjoy watching as Sterzel and Tye try their hands at building a yurt, reining in horses, eating sea penis, sharing a bed in a semen-splattered love motel, and cooking a barbecued goat stew inside the skin of a dead goat.
A North Korean lookout as seen from Jilin Province
While CNC’s format is fairly similar to its southern predecessor, with a camera crew following Sterzel and Tye as they ride across Shandong, Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjiang and Inner Mongolia, this year’s effort was backed by almost half a million RMB in crowdfunding. As a result, the pair were able to travel for longer, covering 10,000km across 40 days, to bring us a more in-depth look at parts of China that few foreigners ever have the desire or tenacity to visit.
A barbecued goat in Inner Mongolia
The additional time and money spent on the series has also resulted in impressive cinematography that highlights the immense variety in the Chinese landscape, from the vast green Mongolian plane to the snow-covered peaks of mount Changbaishan on the North Korean border.
The view from Changbaishan
While we do have some small complaints, namely that on occasion Tye and Sterzel seem to be guessing about the history or cultural reasons behind things instead of offering up a definitive answer, for the most part we really enjoyed CNC and wholly recommend you shell out the ¥55 rental fee to watch it today.
Watch the trailer here:
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