Revelations of the Lion City

China documentary finds out what makes S'pore tick

CCTV documentary director Zhao Liang and CapitaLand CEO Liew Mun Leong (seated second and third from left respectively) with CCTV crew and CapitaLand staff at Mr Liew's home on Sunday. Mr Liew was interviewed for the series on Singapore that features him as a role model who reached the top of the corporate world despite his humble beginnings. -- PHOTO: CAPITALAND

BEIJING - A 10-part China documentary series on Singapore is titled Lion City Revelation and its producers are determined to uncover everything that makes the tiny country tick.

Not content with just speaking to politicians, businessmen and scholars, the film crew is even shooting Halloween celebrations at Clarke Quay this weekend.

The scale, depth and attention to details have surprised observers and those interviewed by state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV).

It is a sure sign, they said, that the new Chinese leadership is earmarking Singapore as a model for its renewed push for reforms - both politically and economically.