Town’s attraction is the star of Chinese TV
MILLIONS of people in thee Far East have been introduced to a must- visit tourist destination – Stockport Hat Works.
The museum, on Wellington Road South, in the town centre, featured in a travel documentary filmed by a Chinese TV station.
A production team working for the Chinese Travel Channel, which has an audience of around 12 million viewers, shot scenes at the attraction last year.
And it has now been shown on the station to coincide with Chinese New Year, a period where many people in the country take holidays.
Hong Yane Wang, production manager for the station, said: “We found exactly what we were looking for in the museum.
“The staff members were very helpful, we really appreciate it.
“The show’s name translates roughly from Chinese as ‘Britain Fun Forward’ and will introduce Chinese audiences to British traditions, crafts, history and fine dining. They are a 24-hour channel with a regular viewership of 12 million.”
The production company behind the programme has previously produced simi- lar shows on Germany, the Czech Republic and Scandinavia. In the British show Stockport features for seven minutes with footage of the viaduct and a guided tour of the Hat Works.
There were also interviews with staff and old footage of hat workers.
Councillor Patrick McAuley, executive member for economic development, said: “I’m thrilled the town I live in has found international fame.
“Stockport has a great historical heritage and appearing on Chinese TV will show the world it’s well worth a visit to explore the historic town of Stockport in all its glory.”
Councillor McAuley, centre, with the team from the Chinese TV Channel at Stockport Hat Works