FarWestChina's Josh Summers Interviewed by China's CCTV

FarWestChina’s Josh Summers on CCTV

October 19, 2016 | 7 Comments

Hundreds, if not thousands of foreigners have made appearances on CCTV, China’s state television network. It may not be a big deal for somebody who lives in Beijing, but for me – this being my first time ever to do live international television…

…it was a pretty big deal.

Josh from FarWestChina walks past the CCTV Tower in Beijing, China

In July of this year, I was contacted by a senior producer at CCTV who was preparing to film a series on Xinjiang. He had heard about FarWestChina and wanted to meet.

Less than 3 weeks later, I was taking their crew of three men plus a couple of my own friends on a camel trek through Xinjiang’s Kumtagh Desert. It was a fun experience and when I said goodbye to the crew I thought that was the end.

To my surprise, however, once the mini-documentary on FarWestChina was finished, the producer called me and asked if I would be willing to fly out to Beijing for live studio interviews – all expenses paid. Who could say no to something like that?

FarWestChina on CCTV

For the sake of my own enjoyment and desire to record this interesting experience, I filmed a short “behind-the-scenes” video that will give you an overview of my four interviews in 48 hours.

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When all was said and done, I ended up doing 4 interviews within 12 hours – three of them in the primary CCTV studios (the weird building that looks like a pair of trousers) and one interview at a satellite studio a couple kilometers away.

I was privileged to join News Hour, China 24, Culture Express and the news segment for CCTV America.

If you’re itching to know more about me or how Far West China originated, I’ve embedded the videos for each of the interviews below. Enjoy!

Josh’s CCTV Interviews – Oct 2016

My favorite interview was Culture Express, which was more informal and focused on the family/culture side of living in Xinjiang. You can view that interview here:

My “live cross” interview with CCTV-America in Washington D.C.:

My interview with News Hour, which was actually my first interview of the day.

Conclusion | CCTV Interviews

So now that my 15 minutes is up, I at least have some fun videos to help me relive the glory days. :)

I’d love to get your opinion – leave a comment below to let me know what you think!

About Josh Summers

Josh is a writer, musician and entrepreneur who currently resides in Urumqi, capital of China's western province of Xinjiang. He has been traveling and writing about this region since 2006 and has no plans to stop in the near future.

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  1. It’s really exciting to see what opportunities you have had, and I’m glad to see that it went well for you. I especially enjoyed your song that you played at the end of the Culture Express interview — very well written, and your playing and singing was awesome! Keep up the good work!


    Josh Summers on October 26th, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Thank you, Cameron! It’s been an exciting journey :)


  2. thanks to you ( i was very hesitant to go there due to all the negative reports about this region, after reading your blog, i decided that it was safe to go there), i joined a 6 day tour from HK in May and had an amazing time in Xinjiang. granted, it was a short trip and i only saw a little bit of Xinjiang. the tour guide said we should join a tour to visit the northern part as the scenery there is completely different. i plan to do that in the future.


    Josh Summers on October 26th, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Great! I’m so glad you took a chance and traveled out here. Thanks for sharing your story, Nelson :)


  3. Hya Josh !! I have been trying to download and activate Wechat.com on my computer and Google cell phone. They downloaded some kinda “Scan QR Code that I don’t know how to conect my phone too. I wondered if taking a picture of it from my Monitor ..but, no, Can’t seem to get the program into and working on both computer & Cell phone. Can you help ? Sure would appreciate !! Regards, ~~ John in Ottawa Canada.


    Josh Summers on October 26th, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Hey John, unfortunately I’ve never installed WeChat on my computer and I wouldn’t consider myself an expert on getting it all set up. So sorry! I hope you’re able to find the answers you need.