Washington D.C. − National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) announced it has secured rights to China From Above from Beach House Pictures and NHNZ. The epic two-part journey by air showcases China’s diverse landscapes, extreme weather, massive cities and staggering infrastructure from overhead. Presenting the country in a way never seen before, the special will air on National Geographic Channel from July 2015.

Featuring innovative aerial photography interwoven with on the ground human stories, the two-part film details how the Chinese have tamed a landscape of staggering contrasts to their needs. From ancient monuments and customs, through astonishing landscapes and on to the high tech world, China From Above brings into focus what makes this such a fascinating country.

Built on a scale that can only be appreciated from above, the special showcases some of the world’s greatest man-made wonders that have stood the test of time. The camera defines breathtaking natural vistas, soaring along powerful rivers, arid deserts, immense mountain ranges and lush valleys. It also captures the nation’s race to counter the impacts of its rapid industrialisation with the next generation of sustainable technologies.

A country of intense change; where bustling megacities tower over the ruins of bygone civilisations, this sweeping voyage through the air offers a new context and understanding of the Middle Kingdom’s evolution by revealing the secrets and patterns of life in traditional and modern China.

Hamish Mykura, Executive Vice President and Head of International Content for NGCI, said, “Much more than a gorgeous moving artwork, this is an epic story about the amazing diversity, remarkable history and the astonishing transformation China has gone through from ancient to modern times. Taking a bird’s-eye view, this awe-inspiring expedition reveals China from a fresh perspective that complements National Geographic’s legacy of exploration.”