As everyone was ready to go into the mountain, a large crowd ran over.
Looking at this group of people, Fang Qiu asked curiously, “Who are these people?”
The young PD who was about 30 years old explained, “VJ. The show crew has assigned two people for each of you. I’m the PD and he’s the VJ. Simply put, he’s your cameraman and I’m your personal director. Neither of us will appear on the camera.”
“There are so many people.” Fang Qiu nodded clearly.
There were 100 people following the 50 contestants, not to mention the chief director who was remotely controlling the scene in the studio and the staff who came to assist the scene.
Giving it a rough count, Fang Qiu found that there were nearly 200 people.
Central Television really lived up to its name.
It took such a large amount of manpower and material resources to record a show. No wonder the show made such a great success after it was broadcasted. All this hard work would eventually pay off.
The PD handed Fang Qiu a medicine list and said, “Here you are. This is the 18 medicinal herbs you need to find and collect in the forest.”
Fang Qiu took over the list and looked at it carefully.
It wrote, “Angelica Sinensis, White Codonopsis Pilosula, Streaky Codonopsis Pilosula, Medlar, Astragalus, Radix Angelicae Pubescentis, Radix Hedysari, Rhubarb, Bupleurum, Glycyrrhiza, Isatis Root… ”
As expected, there were 18 medicinal herbs which were all native herbs growing in Ganzhou Province.
The PD smiled at Fang Qiu and asked, “You did well in the first two rounds. Do you find this round difficult?”
Fang Qiu smiled and replied, “Difficult? Is it?”
As Director Li Huawen ordered to start recording, Fang Qiu already knew that he was on camera, so he responded in the same manner as before.
The PD was stunned. Getting excited, he hurriedly asked, “Oh? Do you mean there is no difficulty at all? Is it because you have experience in collecting herbs in the mountains?”
Fang Qiu replied confidently, “Obviously, no one here has more mountain exploration experience than me.”
The PD was ecstatic as he heard that.
He was expecting to see Fang Qiu being extremely confident.
He was aware that Fang Qiu was the main selling point of this show. Many attractive points would be generated from Fang Qiu, so he tried every means to set Fang Qiu’s words in order to add some spice for the show.
Obviously, it seemed to work.
The PD took advantage of it and immediately asked, “If that is the case, are you positive of getting the first place?”
Fang Qiu turned his head, smiled at the camera, and said, “Ha-ha. Let me tell you a secret. There is a Yaowang Mountain in our school, and there are various medicinal herbs which can also be found in most parts of the country.”
The PD froze as he heard that.
“Damn, was there such a thing?” He thought to himself.
As he was surprised, the PD looked at Fang Qiu smugly facing the camera and became speechless.
However, in his opinion, Fang Qiu’s sense of variety was getting stronger.
Now he could just skip him and directly communicate with the audience.
After a while, all PDs and VJs had found the contestants that they needed to follow. All pre-match preparations were ready.
Director Li Huawen picked up the loudspeaker and shouted to everyone, “The competition now begins!”
As they heard the order, the contestants rushed into the forest immediately.
However, Fang Qiu still nonchalantly stood still.
The PD asked, “Everyone rushed in. Aren’t you worry?”
Fang Qiu shook his head and smiled, carrying the package and the hoe and slowly walking towards the forest as if he was just going for a walk.
At this moment, everyone had rushed into the forest.
In this forest, the trees were not dense. And the ground was also spacious. Only a variety of grass and vine plants could be seen.
Therefore, everyone ran really fast.
However, after running about ten meters into the forest, the contestants immediately slowed down and began to look around.
And at this time, Fang Qiu was already left behind.
Unlike other people, Fang Qiu didn’t look around but looked into the distance.
As a guru-level martial arts practitioner, Fang Qiu who possessed the night vision could naturally see more clearly than anyone and see farther in the daytime.
The PD was puzzled when he saw Fang Qiu strolling around.
“This is a competition after all! How could he be so relaxed like that? Doesn’t he want to win?” He thought.
When the PD was about to open his mouth to ask, Fang Qiu stepped forward. Suddenly, his eyes brightened, and he said to the camera, “I found a herb!”
The PD was shocked as he heard him.
While he turned around and tried to locate the herb, Fang Qiu strode into the mountains and immediately ran to it.
The PD and VJ quickly caught up.
They took a long run.
Fang Qiu didn’t stop until he ran for almost two hundred meters.
The PD took a closer look and found that several herbs appeared in front of Fang Qiu.
The PD was surprised. “Oh my God, can you see it from such a distance?”
“This place is so spacious. Our school’s Yaowang Mountain is dozens of times denser than this forest,” Fang Qiu replied, and immediately found the best one, squatted down, and started collecting the herb.
While digging the herb, Fang Qiu said, “It’s the Streaky Codonopsis Pilosula, which is a kind of Codonopsis Pilosula among Chinese herbal medicineS. It’s a specialty of Ganzhou Province.
“Streaky Codonopsis Pilosula is a valuable nourishing medicinal material. According to “Explanation of Medicinal Herbs”, its effect is quite similar to Ginseng. It is the top grade of Codonopsis Pilosula. It can boost the spleen without making people feel dry, nourish the stomach without being moisturizing, moisten the lung without being cold, nourish the blood, soften the skin, and boost Qi without being dry.
“Therefore, in addition to the effect of strengthening Qi, spleen, and body, it can also help to cure spleen weakness, lack of blood, tiredness, anemia, leukemia, metrorrhagia and other diseases after delivery.”
After that, Fang Qiu just dug out the Codonopsis Pilosula.
Picking up the herb, Fang Qiu waved his hand directly at the camera. “La la la …I already got one.”
Humming a song smugly, Fang Qiu put the herb into the basket behind his back.
Turning his head to look at the remaining Codonopsis Pilosula, Fang Qiu thought for a while. “Ha-ha, maybe we should dig all of them away. Then no one would be able to find this.”
After Fang Qiu said that, his eyes flashed like those of a little fox.
The PD was startled first, then gave a wry smile as he was sweating after running after Fang Qiu.
“Isn’t it too evil?” He thought.
However, he also hoped that Fang Qiu would do that.
After all, the selling point of the show would come out when Fang Qiu did so.
Just when the PD was about to ask the VJ to get the camera ready, Fang Qiu frowned and said to the camera, “Forget it, this is not good for everyone, and … I’m a good person.”
After saying that, he gave a smile.
Turning around immediately, he looked around while continuing to walk deep into the forest.
However, his eyes lit up again before he was about to look into it.
Seeing what he did, the PD gaped at Fang Qiu in a daze.
“No way, another one?” He thought.
He then said, “Let’s go. Keep up.”
Fang Qiu waved his hand with a bowed waist and ran quickly towards the depths of the forest.
The PD and the VJ were close behind.
This time, after running for more than a hundred meters, Fang Qiu stopped.
Looking back at the camera, Fang Qiu pointed at a herb on the ground and said with a happy face, “This is Glycyrrhiza!”
Then he squatted down, elaborating on it as he was digging it out.
“Glycyrrhiza is a perennial herb with thick roots and rhizomes. It is a Chinese herb that is good for the human body. The medicinal parts are its roots and rhizomes. The medicine is cylindrical and about 25-100 cm long. The skin is different. Some are tight while others are loose. Its surface is red-brown or gray-brown with bud marks. It has a slight smell and tastes sweet and special, which can clear heat and detoxify, eliminate phlegm and stop coughing, and cure abdominal pain.”
Fang Qiu just dug out the herb as he finished the introduction.
He raised it again in front of the camera and then put it into the basket before moving on.
The PD thought it was rather tricky now.
The purpose that the crew assigned him to follow Fang Qiu was to let him occasionally say a few words to instruct Fang Qiu to do something dramatic so as to add some spice to the show.
However, Fang Qiu’s performance so far was unbelievable.
Until now, others might not even find the first medicinal herb yet. But Fang Qiu had already found two of them, and they were both spotted more than a hundred meters away.
The most important thing was that looking for herbs seemed quite easy for Fang Qiu. It was like he could find any herbs by randomly taking a look, which made the PD feel rather speechless.
This round seemed not difficult at all for Fang Qiu.
The PD couldn’t help but say, “Don’t tell me you’ve already found another one.”
Fang Qiu reached out his finger. “There is a path over there. Let’s follow that path.”
As he heard that, the PD suddenly felt relieved and then beckoned to the VJ to keep up.
As soon as he reached the side of the path, Fang Qiu stopped.
The PD asked, “What’s wrong?”
“I’m so lucky. I just found another herb.” Fang Qiu turned to smile at the camera and pointed at a herb on the side of the road.
He then did the same thing again, squatting down and explaining while taking the herb.
Beside him, both the PD and the VJ were speechless.
They just started about ten minutes and Fang Qiu had already found three kinds of herbs.
How were other contestants supposed to beat him?
After taking the medicine, Fang Qiu continued to go further.
Three minutes later, Fang Qiu stopped again.
The PD subconsciously looked around the place where they were standing and didn’t find any herbs. “Why do you stop?”
Fang Qiu grinned at the camera and said, “Ha-ha. I just found another one—White Codonopsis Pilosula.”
The PD was stunned and said, “Where? There is no herb here!”
As he finished, Fang Qiu ran away and stopped in front of a thick bush. He then plucked to separate the bush.
Taking a closer look, the PD saw that there was indeed a strain of White Codonopsis Pilosula.
This time, the PD was completely speechless.
Wasn’t Fang Qiu too lucky?
He almost found one fourth of the 18 kinds of herbs.
Fang Qiu continued to elaborate while taking the medicine.
After picking the medicine, Fang Qiu continued to move on.
After a short walk, he saw the sign prepared by the show’s crew, which meant that the area of the forest prepared by the program group stopped here and he couldn’t move forward anymore.
Although Fang Qiu wasn’t afraid of moving forward, he had to obey the rules of the show, so he stopped.
Fang Qiu said boringly, “I thought this forest was huge.”
The PD smiled wryly. “You are the one who went too fast!” This area was about three kilometers in diameter. In the beginning, he was thinking that with Fang Qiu’s slow speed, it would take them a long time to reach the end of the road even if they kept walking in the same path. To his surprise, Fang Qiu was so fast that they could barely keep up when he accelerated.