When the BBC’s Crossing Continents series was first announced, the theme of a trip from London to Shanghai was the subject of a discussion among some listeners.
The programme’s host, Andrew Dyson, said that although he was interested in travel, he had also grown weary of the travel industry in the UK.
“There’s so many other things that are going on,” he said.
“It’s just a mess.
It’s a little bit like when I was a kid.
As a young boy, Dyson would often visit the UK for visits to school and family, where he would often catch glimpses of London and its surrounding area. “
Then the BBC said, ‘Look, we’re going to go to Shanghai in 2019,’ and it was a real surprise.”
As a young boy, Dyson would often visit the UK for visits to school and family, where he would often catch glimpses of London and its surrounding area.
But, he said, “the idea of going out to the country and having a family was just really not for me.”
In the years that followed, Dison found that he did not have the same fondness for the city that he had for his previous experiences in the United Kingdom.
In 2012, Dolan moved to Beijing to work as a freelance journalist and travel writer.
And when he visited China in 2015, Denny was not impressed.
When I came to Beijing in 2015 to cover the World Cup, the city was in shambles,” he wrote.
He continued: “I was met by a lot of beggars, a lot more beggars than the tourists who were arriving for the World Cups.
You could see the homeless people walking around in the street.
That was just a different feeling from being in London.
“The following year, Dinson returned to China for a two-month period, this time covering the Olympics.
After his return, he took a leave of absence from the BBC to pursue a career in travel journalism.
It was during this time that he met the journalist who would become his friend.
Dyson and his friend had met through mutual friends, and when they met for the first time, they had an immediate connection.
This is when Dyson began to think about the future of travel in China.
Over the years, Dickson and his colleague, Andrew Wigmore, would write for both the BBC Travel section and the BBC News website.
Their coverage was often provocative and critical of the country’s policies and political culture.
During this time, the two travelled to Shanghai to investigate the plight of migrant workers in the country.
They visited a migrant farm, which Dyson called a “living hell.”
The farm was one of several migrant farms where thousands of migrant labourers were forced to work.
Although Dyson and Wigmany believed that the workers were forced, they were not sure why.
Many migrant workers were from impoverished families and were in dire straits, and the conditions of their lives were appalling.
However, Denson and Wigsons findings of the conditions were not published in the media.
By the time the pair returned to Beijing, the issue had become a public issue, prompting the authorities to launch an investigation into the migrant workers’ plight.
A series of investigations were launched, and a number of migrant farm workers were found to be working at migrant farms, while the government announced it would introduce a new law to guarantee that migrant workers would receive the same rights as other workers.
Following a series of reports and hearings, the government passed a new bill in May 2020 that would have made it illegal for migrant workers to work at migrant farmlands, although the law did not ban them altogether.
On December 21, 2021, Daley and Wiggmore went to Shanghai for the fifth time.
At the time, it appeared as if they had been given a warm welcome by the Chinese authorities.
As they approached the city centre, Diderys arrival at Shanghai was greeted with a standing ovation.
Soon after, the Chinese government also announced a plan to build a “mega-migrant factory” that would house migrant workers, a project that was intended to generate more than 10,000 jobs.
For Dideries second visit to Shanghai, the experience was far more challenging.
Since the first visit, Didersao had experienced some difficulties, but he also realised that the government was not doing enough to protect the migrant worker community.
According to the BBC, the Shanghai migrant workers “were still being exploited, their lives being destroyed by the government.”
Dison and Wigan went on to report extensively on the plight and abuse of migrant migrant workers and to highlight the importance of the World Conference on Women.
While there was little public media coverage of the migrant farm worker issue, a number were brought to the attention of the BBC by Wigmorons team