Story of China

Ancestors

Starting with a family reunion, when 300 relatives gather to worship their ancestors on 'Tomb Sweeping Day,' Michael explores ancient myths and archaeological sites to uncover the origins of the Chinese state; he examines the first Chinese writing, and tells the dramatic tale of the bloodthirsty First Emperor, before an amazing climax with a million pilgrims at a festival on the Yellow River.

More Episodes

The Age of Revolution

The great Taiping Rebellion, the fall of the Empire and the rise of Mao.

The Last Empire

Michael Wood tells the dramatic tale of China's last empire, the Qing.

The Ming

The time of the Great Wall , the Forbidden City and treasure ships sent on ocean voyages.

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