Season 1

Episode 3: Jackson Hole: Born in the PRC

What’s a replica of an American Wild West town doing 2 hours north of Beijing?

Just North of Beijing is a wild west town where China’s 1% buy their vacation homes. It’s called Jackson Hole, and it is, in fact, a replica of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The question is… how did it get there?

| Jackson Hole: Born in the PRC |

Nestled between snow-capped mountains there is an American wild west town called Jackson Hole, where the 1% ski in the winter and talk tech in the summer.  Gorgeous wooden architecture, decor studded with antlers and leather accents, live “cowboy” shows, even a potato club.  But the Jackson Hole we’re talking about isn’t the American wild west… it’s actually in China.  Just two hours north of Beijing.  What Neil and Andres want to know is WHY???  

We’re going to journey to Jackson Hole, China and find out what it is about the wild west that the Chinese elite can’t get enough of, and why that led them to build this facsimile of an American town. We’ll talk to the Chinese real estate mogul and the American designer who built it.  Plus, what’s the Chinese obsession with copying everything American anyway?  And how did they end up with something called “Tuna Jello”.

MORE TO EXPLORE

SAVED PINS

America… Made in China!

  1. RODEO CONNECTION
    Swanky western bar, craft beer, mechanical bull.
  2. CENTRAL PERK, BEIJING
    A Friend-ly replica, mismatched mugs and all.
  3. “WILD EAST” at the BEIJING FILM ACADEMY.
    Seriously cool, abandoned frontier town backlot.
  4. TEMPLE BAR
    Your Rock-n-Roll fix, Beijing-style.
  5. HOME PLATE BBQ
    Legit American smokiness, get you some a’ that!

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CREDITS

This episode of Passport was written, produced and edited by me, Neil Innes; Our associate producer was Billy Craigan Toon.

Huge thanks to Garnet Henderson, Alison Smith, Andy Fan and Adam James Smith for talking to us this week. You can learn more about Adam’s awesome documentary at Americavillefilm.com

Also a very special thanks to Sarah Fox in Portland, Oregon for recording with Allison. 

Our theme music and much more in this episode was created by Nick Turner. Additional stuff by Bret van Donsel, Harry Fishpye, Sobrio, Audio Binger, Free Matter for the Blind, Johnny Nobles, Lobo Loco, Poddington Bear and The Joy Drops.

The show is mixed and mastered by Julian Kwasneski.

Stacey Book, Dominique Ferrari and Avi Glijansky are hard boiled cattle rustlers hiding out in a cave in California, They also executive produce the show. 

Which is hosted by Neil Innes and the lasso king, Andres Bartos.

We’ll see you in the next place.

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