China Drive

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China Drive is the only daily bi-lingual news and lifestyle radio show in China. It is broadcast seven days a week, 5–7 pm Beijing time on China Radio International and focusses on life in China. The programme has four main presenters.

On Air Personalities

Monday to Wednesday

Thursday and Friday

Saturday and Sunday

Format of the show

  • Hang Out Feature (A reporter, or one of the show's presenters goes to a location in Beijing and does a short report on what's there for visitors to see.)
  • Business-related report
  • Media Scan - a review of the day's foreign and Chinese newspapers and media websites
  • Movie Review with Zhao Kun
  • Science & Technology Feature with Li Dong
  • This Is IT - fashion feature with Shen Si
  • Roundtable Discussion - every Friday an important issue is discussed in depth

Team of Reporters for China Drive

Original Team

  • Yan Yinan, Host
  • Chris Verrill, Host/Producer
  • James West, Business


  • Li Dong (Michael Li)
  • Liu Min
  • Wangjing
  • Shen Si

Former Team Members

Chris Verrill Verrill was the first producer and co-host of China Drive. He spent only one year at CRI. He later launched Beijing Playhouse, China's English Broadway Theatre,

Trevor Metz Trevor was the co-creator and former afternoon host of Real Time Beijing--a sister program to China Drive. He spent four years with CRI. He left the show to narrate the documentary series "Discover China" on 5CTV


China Drive first broadcast on CRI on December 1, 2005. It was hosted by Yan Yinan and Chris Verrill.

China Drive broadcast weekdays 5 pm to 7 pm. It replaced and combined four different half hour shows that were on the air at 5 pm, 5:30 pm 6 pm, and 6:30 pm. The show was a lighthearted features magazine.

Program Distribution


China Drive first broadcast on CRI on December 1, 2005. It was originally hosted by Yan Yinan and Chris Verrill.

In China

In the United States

In Europe

  • 1440 kHz AM via Marnach, Luxembourg covering most of Europe
  • 558 kHz across the UK. The morning edition of the show is re-broadcast 9-10pm the day of original transmission. The afternoon edition is aired between 3pm and 5pm the following day.