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Episode Clips

The Myth of the Origins of the Chinese People

Michael Wood joins a million pilgrims at a temple festival for China’s ancient gods.

The Discovery of the First Chinese Writing

Michael uncovers clues to China’s first dynasty, the Shang, in a traditional drug store.

Confucius: China's Guide to a Moral Life

A group of Korean scholars tell Michael why Confucius still matters so much today.

The Family: The Basis of Chinese Civilization

Michael Wood joins in the ancestral rituals with the Qin family of Wuxi.

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Michael Wood tells the tale of China's Renaissance.

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