Jessica Peterson

China is a land of opposites, where urban chaos fades into majestic national parks.

It is a world of indomitable mountain ranges, centuries-old culture, and millions of selfie sticks. In October 2015, I spent three weeks in three cities — Shanghai, Zhangjiajie, and Guilin — sleeping in family-run B&Bs and eating local.

I’m so excited to finally release my China film. It’s been 9 months in the making! I’ve got six more films in the works, but I’m a perfectionist, so these things take time.

If you like this video, please give it a thumbs up or a share. Watch on Vimeo or YouTube.

Direction, Camera, Editing: Jessica Peterson
Editing: Vanessa Vandy
Aerial Cinematography: Abel Blanco

Shot on Sony a7S. Edited in FCPX.


China Highlights Tours
Laojia B&B
No. 5 Valley B&B

Chinese girl musician at Tianmen National Park, ChinaGuilin, ChinaGuilin, ChinaStylish young woman in Shanghai, ChinaZhangjiajie National Park, China

Is China on your bucket list?


  1. Bella WWanderlust
    August 9, 2016 at 8:23 am

    I can easily tell that you are a perfectionist! This film is perfection! I almost have tears in my eyes and you made me want to visit these places so bad!!! I love it!

    • Global Girl Travels
      August 10, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      Wow. Thanks for the kind words, Bella. Hope you get to visit China one day.

  2. gj crawford
    gj crawfordReply
    August 11, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Excellent work. Loved it??

  3. Ben Zabulis
    August 21, 2016 at 2:25 am

    Enjoyed it very much GGT, particularly liked the bit with the tea pot !

  4. The Tipsy Gypsies
    The Tipsy GypsiesReply
    October 11, 2016 at 6:58 am

    Great film Jessica! Love the blog. That’s fantastic you’ve collaborated with Brandon too. Love his work as well. He was definitely a catalyst for my own travel filmmaking. Looking forward to watching your full documentary when we get better internet. Keep it up!

    The Tipsy Gypsies

  5. Jean Bean
    Jean BeanReply
    March 21, 2017 at 5:25 am

    Such a great film Jessica! I wish I had half as much film talent. Thankfully I’m great at watching travel films ? Love your photos at the end of this blog post. Especially the goats.

  6. Maggie Alexander
    Maggie AlexanderReply
    March 21, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Great video and lovely pictures! I’d love to see the full documentary. China looks like a great place to visit.

  7. Abhinav Singh
    Abhinav SinghReply
    March 21, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Wow, what a video. Not only do I liked the music but also
    appreciate the efforts you took in shooting the footages. I know making videos
    is no child’s play. I make videos myself. But let me confess, I got slightly
    jealous on seeing your video making skills. My favorite shots were people shots
    (Esp kids) and the avataresque mountains. Superb!

    • Global Girl Travels
      March 27, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      I’m still learning, but thanks so much for your nice comment, Abhinav.

  8. CHRISTIE ✈︎travel photographer
    March 21, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    OMG you made that?!?!?!? That is AMAZING. I’ve been dying to get into videography but have no idea where to even start. This is so inspiring. Thanks for sharing! I watched a bit of it but I’m at work so I can’t wait to watch the rest later!

  9. Torgeir Wigum Lindland
    Torgeir Wigum LindlandReply
    March 21, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Wow, such a beautiful movie. You really captered the beauty of China and its inhabitants. The movie really made me want to go there now

  10. Archana Singh
    Archana SinghReply
    March 21, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    Such a cool video. Loved it. The expressions, the music, the footage. I am not inclined to go to cHina but now i might be 😛

  11. Tracy Chong
    March 21, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    Really nice one. You captured the feels of China with the visual as well as combining with the right audio. Great job! Would love to see more. 🙂

  12. Abby
    March 22, 2017 at 12:11 am

    Amazing video Jessica! It shows the diversity in China. Apart from the mountains, I loved the part walking the steps and the especially how you captured the torn socks on the poor man. Mesmerising!

  13. Swati Sammie
    March 23, 2017 at 9:29 am

    That’s an amazing piece of work. 6 more films in works .. Sounds cool. Looking forward to more films and love the way you have planned and executed.

  14. David Jaques
    David JaquesReply
    March 26, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Great film! China is interesting for a lot of reasons, but given we are only told my conventional media about the pollution and urban sprawl, the vast and beautiful nature is really intriguing to me! Really beautiful photos as well!

  15. Donna Lundgren
    Donna LundgrenReply
    April 1, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Love this! I am so excited I found your blog! We will head to Zhangjiajie in May. I keep looking at travel websites and am getting confused. However, I did make reservations at the No 5. So fun to see your photos and your endorsement. Sorry I didn’t read this first to get your discounts. We are staying 4 nights total in Z. 2 nights in the middle are at this B & B. The 1st night I am considering Wulingyuan so we can go to the glass bridge and baofeng lake. The last night in the big city to venture to the Tianmen mountain and skywalk. Did you get to these places? Any other recommendations. Your photos are beautiful. Watching the video makes me want to buy a gopro!

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