Julian Hanton tackles Asia in the latest chapter of his on-going investigation into our ever-changing world. With Asia's economy and population booming, what changes will Julian detect from previous visits? Julian's journey begins rather inauspiciously in Hong Kong, where he foolishly volunteers to take one of Bruce Lee's famed one-inch punches at a martial arts school. After a sudden necessity to visit the bathroom shortly thereafter, it's at least a lesson learned. In Thailand, Julian tags along with investigative journalists and is recruited as an undercover spy to film an exposť on illegal gambling. Once again Julian finds he might have got himself in a little deeper than he would have liked, another lesson learned. Typically, whenever Julian is involved, there appears to be a pattern forming. Subsequent visits to the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and China also offer lots more education for Julian. Let's just say Julian is a great student of world travel.
No. of Episodes: 7
In Hong Kong Julian Hanton tastes both Michelin star and dubious star Chinese cuisine before entering into a reptilian nightmare, eating snake soup served by Hong Kong's very own 'Snake Queen'. Julian also quickly regrets his decision to take one of Bruce Lee's trademark one-inch punches during a visit to a prestigious kung-fu school.
In Thailand Julian Hanton focuses on exploring Bangkok off the usual tourist path. He visits a 'Lady-boy cabaret show' then meets their lesser known 'Boy-Ladies' counterparts at a photo shoot for a magazine celebrating tom-boy culture. Julian practices his blue steel pose hanging with Bangkok's International model party scene before getting it punched off his face at a Muay Thai kickboxing session. Finally Julian visits the grisly forensic lab of a CSI investigator and Bangkok's leading party people 'Trasher' who teach him how to dance whilst looking cool.
Julian Hanton begins his exploration of the Philippines in its capital Manila where he manages to gain a guest appearance on the country's top TV show, Eat Bulaga. He tries to follow in Imelda Marcos's footsteps and takes a ride in a giant 'shoe car'. Heading north he walks on 1000-year-old rice terraces and tries the Pilipino delicacy Balut, a fertilized duck egg, before flying south to recover on Boracay's white sand beach. Finally he returns to Manila to get some lessons in rhythm from a dancing traffic cop.
In Malaysia Julian Hanton hits the Kuala Lumpur streets after midnight and provokes a notorious motorcycle racing gang. On the Island of Borneo he goes looking for orang-utans and in Kuching 'Cat City' naturally, he mainly comes face to face with lots of cats. Looking for a relaxing end to his Malaysian experience he checks into Penang family resort where he judges a children's sandcastle building competition before making a fool of himself in a the hotel playground.
Julian Hanton visits Vietnam and, in Ho Chi Minh City, discovers that the scooter is king. Julian visits the tunnels where the North Vietnamese soldiers lived and fought underground. On the Mekong Delta, he finds out why durian fruit is banned from every hotel and tastes the pleasures of rice wine imbued with the flavours of seven snakes. Further north in the stunning Hanoi, Julian meets with a veteran and hears horrifying tales from the war first-hand, before heading to one of the wonders of nature, Halong Bay.
Journeying to the equatorial country of Indonesia, Julian Hanton begins in its huge capital Jakarta. He investigates one of the countries favourite foods, chilli sauce, discovers a statue of Barack Obama as a child and meets the world record holder for backwards reading. Julian then heads to the historical city of Yogyakarta and visits the incredible Borobudur temple complex before discovering how the locals party in a flashing neon bicycle machine. Julian then heads to Northern Sumatra where he encounters ancient tribal customs, giant puppets, natural beauty and treks up a mountain to visit a witch doctor.
Heading to the economic powerhouse of China, Julian Hanton finds a country in transition. In Beijing he indulges in some local delicacies, tasting peking duck, silkworm and scorpion. After a hike on the Great Wall he gets locked in a room with some high school girls in a real life puzzle game. In X'ian he lays eyes on the amazing Terracotta warriors before attending class at a local school. In the futuristic city of Shanghai, Julian finds himself a hit at Love Square, before ending his trip in Thames Town, a suburb of Shanghai that looks more like a slice of England.
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