This is Varun’s first filming trip to mainland China. His home is the most iconic hotel in the country – the Fairmont Peace Hotel. Opened by Sir Victor Sassoon in the 1920s, the hotel was renamed in 1959 to commemorate a “peace” accord that was signed in the city. Varun stays in the Sir Victor Sassoon Suite which takes up the ENTIRE 10th floor of the hotel.
China is a, if the not the, world powerhouse and to get an initial insight into the country’s wealth, Varun meets up with Rupert Hoogewerf who compiles the annual China “Wealth List”. His advice – DO believe the hype!
Varun heads out into the city to explore Pushee (old Shanghai) and Pudong (new Shanghai) which is separated by the River Huangpu (a tributary of the Yangtze).
Back at the Peace Hotel and it’s an interview with George Wee (General Manager) who discusses the property’s amazing history and faculties. It may not be the most modern … but it’s the most iconic and revered hotel in the City.
Varun can’t dance … but would love to and he takes a lesson from China’s most famous dancer Jin Xing in her studio.
He then heads back to the hotel for a Chinese cuisine master-class from Chef, Nicholas Blair.
China is a country of tea and Varun drives out to Le Passage to meet Pauline Lee, a tea expert and owner of a plantation. After learning about how to pick to tea, he heads back into the city for a traditional tea ceremony in the Guiling Gardens … with a Tea Master – Mr Jo. Finally, Varun meets up again with dancer Jin Xing for a tea dance at the hotel.
Episode Length: 01:00:00
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