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OU on the BBC: China on Four Wheels

Updated Tuesday 4th September 2012

Justin Rowlatt and Anita Rani jump into the drivers' seats for two very different trips through China.

China on four wheels series Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC Justin and Anita pick lucky charms in TianYi market for their journey Take an epic journey with the new series from BBC Two & The Open University, China on Four Wheels. It's a sometimes surprising trip through a fascinating country.

After their trip through India on Four Wheels, Justin Rowlatt and Anita Rani embark on a new journey - this time, through the only country more populous.

Like India, China’s economic boom is symbolised by a massive and expanding car industry – already the largest in the world by a long way.

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