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This landmark documentary series explores the history of the world’s newest superpower, from its ancient past to the present day. Presenter Michael Wood travels across the country to explore the landscapes, peoples, stories and cultures that have helped create China’s distinctive character and genius over more than 4,000 years.

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This landmark documentary series explores the history of the world’s newest superpower, from its ancient past to the present day. Presenter Michael Wood travels across the country to explore the landscapes, peoples, stories and cultures that have helped create China’s distinctive character and genius over more than 4,000 years.

    • Episode 1

    Ancestors

    Michael goes in search for the roots of Chinese culture. In Wuxi, Michael joins the Qin family reunion, when 300 relatives gather to worship their ancestors on Tomb Sweeping Day. Michael then journeys to the plain of the Yellow River, where he joins a million pilgrims at the shrine of an ancient goddess, Nuwa. Legend says Nuwa made the first people of China from the mud of the Yellow River. Michael then goes in search of the origins of the Chinese state, visiting excavations at Erlitou and examining ‘oracle bones’ – artefacts that carry the earliest example of Chinese writing, retrieved from the Shang royal tombs in the 1920s. After looking at the advances of early Chinese astronomy and its role in Chinese history, he looks at the works of Confucius, possibly the most influential philosopher in the world.

    • HD
    • 59 Minutes

    Michael goes in search for the roots of Chinese culture. In Wuxi, Michael joins the Qin family reunion, when 300 relatives gather to worship their ancestors on Tomb Sweeping Day. Michael then journeys to the plain of the Yellow River, where he joins a million pilgrims at the shrine of an ancient goddess, Nuwa. Legend says Nuwa made the first people of China from the mud of the Yellow River. Michael then goes in search of the origins of the Chinese state, visiting excavations at Erlitou and examining ‘oracle bones’ – artefacts that carry the earliest example of Chinese writing, retrieved from the Shang royal tombs in the 1920s. After looking at the advances of early Chinese astronomy and its role in Chinese history, he looks at the works of Confucius, possibly the most influential philosopher in the world.

    • HD
    • 59 Minutes
    • Episode 2

    Silk Roads and China Ships

    Michael Wood tells the tale of China's first great international age under the Tang Dynasty (618-907). From the picturesque old city of Luoyang, he travels along the Silk Road to the bazaars of central Asia and into India on the track of the Chinese monk who brought Buddhism back to China. This tale is still loved by the Chinese today and is brought to life by storytellers, films and shadow puppet plays.

    • HD
    • 59 Minutes

    Michael Wood tells the tale of China's first great international age under the Tang Dynasty (618-907). From the picturesque old city of Luoyang, he travels along the Silk Road to the bazaars of central Asia and into India on the track of the Chinese monk who brought Buddhism back to China. This tale is still loved by the Chinese today and is brought to life by storytellers, films and shadow puppet plays.

    • HD
    • 59 Minutes
    • Episode 3

    The Golden Age

    This episode tells the tale of China's most creative dynasty - the Song (960-1279). Michael Wood heads to the city of Kaifeng, the greatest city in the world before the 19th century. Here in Twin Dragon Alley, locals tell him the legend of the baby boys who became emperors. He explores the ideas and inventions that made the Song one of greatest eras in world culture, helped by China's most famous work of art, the Kaifeng scroll, which shows the life of the city in around 1120.

    • HD
    • 59 Minutes

    This episode tells the tale of China's most creative dynasty - the Song (960-1279). Michael Wood heads to the city of Kaifeng, the greatest city in the world before the 19th century. Here in Twin Dragon Alley, locals tell him the legend of the baby boys who became emperors. He explores the ideas and inventions that made the Song one of greatest eras in world culture, helped by China's most famous work of art, the Kaifeng scroll, which shows the life of the city in around 1120.

    • HD
    • 59 Minutes
    • Episode 4

    The Ming

    The tale of one of China's most famous dynasties begins with the amazing story of Hongwu, a peasant rebel who founded one of greatest eras in Chinese history.

    • HD
    • 59 Minutes

    The tale of one of China's most famous dynasties begins with the amazing story of Hongwu, a peasant rebel who founded one of greatest eras in Chinese history.

    • HD
    • 59 Minutes
    • Episode 5

    The Last Empire

    China's last empire, the Qing, lasted from 1644 to 1911. It began in violence and war as the Manchus swept down from the north, but invaders became emperors and three generations of one family ruled for 133 years. Among them, Michael Wood argues, was China's greatest emperor - Kangxi. Under the Qing, China doubled in size to include Xinjiang in the far west, as well as Mongolia and Tibet, creating the essential shape of China today.

    • HD
    • 59 Minutes

    China's last empire, the Qing, lasted from 1644 to 1911. It began in violence and war as the Manchus swept down from the north, but invaders became emperors and three generations of one family ruled for 133 years. Among them, Michael Wood argues, was China's greatest emperor - Kangxi. Under the Qing, China doubled in size to include Xinjiang in the far west, as well as Mongolia and Tibet, creating the essential shape of China today.

    • HD
    • 59 Minutes
    • Episode 6

    The Age of Revolution

    'Revolution', Michael Wood observes, 'has been a fact of life in Chinese history'. Between 1850 and 1950, three cataclysmic revolutions shook China to the core, but out of them, today's China emerged. Michael Wood explores the effects of the Taiping Rebellion, the Boxer Rebellion and the two world wars, before ending the story with Mao’s death and the boom time of the last thirty years.

    • HD
    • 59 Minutes

    'Revolution', Michael Wood observes, 'has been a fact of life in Chinese history'. Between 1850 and 1950, three cataclysmic revolutions shook China to the core, but out of them, today's China emerged. Michael Wood explores the effects of the Taiping Rebellion, the Boxer Rebellion and the two world wars, before ending the story with Mao’s death and the boom time of the last thirty years.

    • HD
    • 59 Minutes
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