The Fabulous Destiny of a Cross-Cultural Adventurer

by swisscham in General Interest

Liam Bates’ childhood was typically Swiss. But somewhere along the line his life took an unusual turn – because for Chinese television viewers he’s become Li Mu, presenter of adventure programmes. He has taken his audience to visit the remotest corners of China, to see the flower-men of Indonesia, and to ride the steam train over Switzerland’s Furka pass. Liam’s style is hands-on – something that takes on a new meaning when we’re talking about grilling a snake on a camp fire just after cutting its head off, or eating wild ants, or setting off to chase monkeys with a bolt of poisoned arrows. Liam does it all in a Swiss army t-shirt or a loincloth fashioned out of tree bark…and he does it all in an impeccable Mandarin, in front of an ever-present camera. Roger Federer is probably the best-known Swiss in China. But 25-year-old Liam definitely has a Chinese following. While in a bistro, dressed in military uniform and a gun slung over his shoulder, he was recognised by two Chinese students who made a major life decision thanks to him.

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