For Hindus, Mother Ganga is a sacred spirit. It rises in an ice-cave in the Himalayas and empties into the Bay of Bengal. But the Ganges has become so badly polluted that it is dangerous to bathe in let alone to drink from it.
Celebrating the ever-changing nature of man's relationship with the earth's amazing water systems, Rivers And Life is a six-part series exploring six of the world's most iconic watercourses: the Amazon, the Nile, the Mississippi, the Ganges, the Yangtze, and the Rhine.
In the final leg of their travels, Ken and Ching make an emotional return to their ancestral homes. They begin first in the dim sum capital Guangzhou to explore the birthplace of Cantonese cuisine, the food most familiar to the West, before heading their separate ways.
Kate Humble and Ant Anstead present the final episode from Hong Kong, looking at what happens right after New Year. This great port city is a strange mix of ultra-modern and traditional. Kate trains with a top dragon-dancing troupe and discovers that not only is it a highly demanding kung fu-based art, it is also taken very seriously as Hong Kong people sincerely embrace the tradition of lucky lions and dragons at New Year. Meanwhile, the Hairy Bikers are in Beijing at the Temple Fair, where they explore a tradition from Imperial China. The Emperor starts the New Year by renewing his mandate of heaven.
The Hairy Bikers Dave Myers and Si King go to New Year's Eve in Beijing, following an extraordinary day in China's capital city. They experience life in the mega-city on this special day, from preparations at the bell tower, which can only ring on the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, to the home of a Beijing family, the Zhangs, who are getting ready for the biggest family get-together of the year. The whole city comes to a halt as everyone gathers round dinner tables to tuck into the traditional reunion dinner.