Star of David Bowie’s ‘China Girl’ video recalls ‘life-changing’ shoot

Geeling Ching starred opposite Bowie in 1983 video

Geeling Ching, who appeared alongside David Bowie in the video for ‘China Girl’, has talked about her experience on set with the late musician.

Ching was 23 when the video was first released in 1983. She and Bowie enjoyed a brief romance following the filming, with the New Zealander telling Assosciated Press that both experiences were “surreal” but among the most infulential in her life.

“There was something quite other-worldly about him,” Geeling, who is now a restaurant manager, said. “He was beautiful. Just beautiful.”

The ‘China Girl’ video was controversial upon its release and banned in Geeling’s home of New Zealand for one specific sex scene. However, her memory of filming was less than erotic. “We got up at 3 in the morning to shoot that, to catch the sunrise, and it’s the least sexy I’ve ever been in my life,” she said.

In 2007, Geeling ran the New York City Marathon, and listened to Bowie album ‘Heroes’ as she ran her final mile.

As reported, producer Tony Visconti has revealed Bowie was planning to record and release another album after ‘Blackstar’. It was previously suggested in a separate report that there is material leftover from the ‘Blackstar’ sessions which could see a future release.

David Bowie has been cremated in New York according to reports. It is believed he was privately cremated without any friends and family present, as per his wishes. He wanted “to go without any fuss”, a source told two UK newspapers.

He passed away on Sunday (January 10) following an 18 month battle with cancer. Reports have since suggested that he “died from liver cancer” after “surviving six heart attacks”.

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