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We are in the Quan Hoa mountains in the Northwest of Vietnam. It is one of the poorest and most isolated regions in the country. Here, most of the inhabitants live on less than a dollar a day. However, this province possesses an inexhaustible treasure: bamboo. Some of it is transported on makeshift rafts assembled in a few hours and sent down the twists and turns of the tumultuous river Luong.
Suriname is found at the heart of the Amazon: a country of jungle. At 163,000km squared, it is a sixth of the size of France, covered in dense, green forest. There are few roads and some tracks and large rivers: floating motorways where canoes serve as cars and trucks. To travel from one village to another, you don't hit the road, you take the river... And its temperamental waters.
Locals in the Amazon watch the forest disappear thereby forcing them to gather wood in dangerous conditions to make a living.
In Mongolia former jade hunters have been reduced to a tough life since mines have been shot down. Their other source of income remains cattle farming. During the transhumance whole families have to travel in extreme conditions. A third of Mongolian population is nomad. But journeys are risky. Nomads have to cross iced rivers or narrow roads at 2000 meters high facing cold and blizzard.
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- Premiered: January 25, 2015
- Rating: TV-14
- Premise: A series spotlighting the world's most treacherous roads and waterways.