'Real Time China' Day 3 Vlog: Crossing the Yellow River
A group of CGTN reporters departed on Wednesday and boarded a bus refurbished to double as a studio on wheels. For the next 10 days, they will travel throughout China, starting from Beijing to Shenzhen, the birthplace of the country's economic miracle.
"Real Time China" is a special series to mark the 40th anniversary of the country's reform and opening up policy. Joining the ride is CGTN's Digital Reporter Yang Xinmeng who is documenting her road trip across cities, highways and tunnels.
By the third day on the road, we had left the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei cluster, traveled 420 km, crossed the Yellow River, set foot on seven cities and towns, and arrived in central China's Henan Province.
This was my first visit to Henan. It is the birthplace of Chinese civilization with over 3,000 years and remained China's cultural, economic, and political center until approximately 1,000 years ago. Plus, there was an abundance of famous food here.
But the way to Henan was not easy. After seven p.m., the Henan traffic became thick. We were stuck on the highway. The anxiety of not being able to make the live show at 8 p.m. was reassured after a police car came to escort us out of the jam.
At 7:45 p.m., I arrived at the Zhengzhou East Railway Station where we had to go live. Tonight marks the end of the first part - Beijing to Zhengzhou - in the entire journey. We were joined by more crews from Beijing and had a little handover. We enjoyed the live performance of Yu Opera, performed by a group of kids, at the end of the live night-talk to finish the long day.
As for tomorrow, a new land in the south to the Yellow River awaits. And seven more days to go, as we explore the cities that have played a crucial role in China's reform and opening up journey.