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"A Bite of China" Episodes online in English

soupçon Nov 25, 2012 10:58 AM

After spending $40 for the boxed set (which includes a book which is all in Chinese), I discovered that all seven episodes of the landmark CCTV series "A Bite of China" are online and downloadable. They're hard to find on the website, so I complied a list of links to all seven. A must if you want to learn more about the food of China.

Episode 1: Gifts from nature
http://english.cntv.cn/program/documentary/20121017/104722.shtml

Episode 2: The story of staple foods
http://english.cntv.cn/program/documentary/20121016/106896.shtml

Episode 3: Inspiration for change
http://english.cntv.cn/program/documentary/20121018/100366.shtml

Episode 4: The taste of time
http://english.cntv.cn/program/documentary/20121018/108642.shtml

Episode 5: Secrets of the kitchen
http://english.cntv.cn/program/documentary/20121020/100008.shtml

Episode 6: A perfect blend of five flavors
http://english.cntv.cn/program/documentary/20121021/100036.shtml

Episode 7: Our Farm
http://english.cntv.cn/program/docume...

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    ninrn Nov 25, 2012 01:54 PM

    Thanks so much for posting these links. Really great!

    1. buttertart Nov 27, 2012 03:34 PM

      Fantastic!

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        lcool Nov 27, 2012 03:52 PM

        marvelous,thank you

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          Maximilien Nov 28, 2012 09:57 AM

          Nice series, but the "production" feels a bit weird sometimes (I cannot put a finger on what exactly).

          Thanks.

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            carlasue Jan 4, 2014 12:39 PM

            zhen xie xie ni! really appreciate you posting this!

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              Puffin3 Jan 5, 2014 05:47 AM

              I 'bookmarked' each episode. I just tried the first two. Each one kept 'freezing' with a 'Buffering 6%' prompt.
              Any ideas?

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                Puffin3 Jan 5, 2014 06:05 AM

                Just tried a couple of other episodes and same problem. Looks like a great series though. Too bad.

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                  MikeG Jan 5, 2014 11:37 AM

                  Fwiw, the links are working OK for me.
                  Maybe you'd have better luck another time or at a different time of day?

                  Unfortunately, it looks like they can't be downloaded for the time being, though it doesn't say why not.

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              fourunder Jan 5, 2014 11:47 AM

              Thanks for posting...I'm looking forward to viewing the links.

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                kinnickinnik Jan 5, 2014 11:50 AM

                Thank you so much for finding and sharing these links! I caught a couple of episodes on CCTV's english doc channel while visiting China last year. Very well produced and informative series.

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                  Puffin3 Jan 6, 2014 04:40 AM

                  After the 'buffering' problem in the links you put up I have successfully 'torrented' episode 1 and 2 so far. No 'buffering 6%'.
                  Guess what? The narrator was different! He is either Australian or a New Zealander! In episode 1 the young Chinese woman who picked the mushrooms was 'voiced over' in an young Australian woman's accent. The dialogue was exactly the same word for word though.
                  Excellent series. Thanks very much.

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