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Somewhere In China By Jeff Hutchens & Peter Hutchens


I like this 2 guys. They’re brothers Jeff Hutchens & Peter Hutchens. One a photographer, one a filmmaker. Together they bring us Somewhere In China; a National Geographic documentary featuring their journey back to China to capture the change of time in this multi-ethnic, multi-facade country.

They had lived in China during their younger days when their parents were teaching in a university in Harbin.

What I like about this documentary is they (this 2 boys) converse in Mandarin to the locals & then repeat ’em in English so that the viewers can understand. You get the closeness feeling.

Yes this 2 boys speak Mandarin better than I can understand.



And the filmography & photography featured in this documentary is out of this world!

I’ve been sticking my nose at this documentary since it started in September. Oh yeah! There are so many exciting experiences in this documentary that I can fondly recall back.

Such as… the two boys learned to play crossbow with Lisu man who has a funky house that can be reached by zipline only, visiting Labrang Monastery in Gangsu & being kicked out later, the silk road journey… wow, playing polo using a headless goat with the Kyrzyg tribe, the sight of Uygur Muslims in Kashgar (Xinjiang) praying at the dawn of Ramadan and many many more. πŸ˜€

I think there’s 2 or 3 episodes left. Don’t miss Somewhere in China, every Sunday 7pm at Astro National Geographic Channel (553).

Check out Jeff Hutchens photography site.

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14 Comments

  • Reply dawn November 29, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Mhmmm, i have to check this documentary out. Trying to learn photography myself, but nada.
    πŸ™

  • Reply Neo November 29, 2008 at 11:49 am

    I wanna watch too… but Sunday at 7pm usually no free ler… When is the repeat time?

  • Reply Kok November 29, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    I think they’re more Chinese than I do lah. At least, they really understand the Chinese’s culture…

  • Reply Che-Cheh November 30, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    Dawn, not sure US is showing this documentary or not.

    Neo, sorry dunno the repeat time. :tongue:

    Kok, cannot compare ma. They lived there before & they’ve visited China plenty of time.

  • Reply Angie Tan November 30, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Sigh… I missed all of the episodes. :crying:

    Hope to catch the re-runs on Astro..

  • Reply Che-Cheh December 1, 2008 at 11:58 am

    Angie Tan, I think got 2 more epis left. Yesterday was about the 3 Gorges Dam. AMAZING! They even when to the place where Yangtze River used to be… before the flooding.

  • Reply keeyit December 2, 2008 at 7:36 am

    I also like this kind of documentary series.. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Che-Cheh December 3, 2008 at 8:14 am

    Keeyit, ya watch this?

  • Reply jam December 5, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    I also heard that the show is good. But no luck, cause I only have one astro decoder at home.

  • Reply Che-Cheh December 5, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    Jam, who’s the tv king/queen in your house?

  • Reply Jack May 19, 2011 at 11:24 am

    The title of the series in Canada is Lost in China.
    I saw the series about a year or so ago and really enjoyed.
    Trying to get a copy is difficult. Not available in North America for some reason.
    Maybe I’ll order a copy form the UK.

    • Reply Che-Cheh May 19, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      Give me this documentary anytime. I love it πŸ™‚
      Not sure where to get a copy. Maybe at Natgeo website?

  • Reply Reduan July 9, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Great documentary. While drinking vodka in an ice bar in Harbin, their father appear from nowhere. Later it was told that the producer arrange the surprise while their father was on his way to Cambodia. Cheer..

    • Reply Che-Cheh July 10, 2017 at 9:16 am

      Hi Reduan, indeed a great docu. Funny, I have no memory of their father’s visit. It’s been 8 years plus since I last watched it.

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