The Chinese Voyages of Exploration
We all know about Columbus, but what about the great Chinese ocean voyages that took place before his time? Michael Wood tells the story of the Chinese Admiral Zheng He and his voyages to the west. He asks too, why were they stopped? "Some say it would be like stopping moon exploration after Apollo 8," says Michael. "But the Chinese had a different view."
Yongle moves the capital north to Beijing and builds the Forbidden City.
A weekend of shopping and sightseeing in Suzhou - the tourist capital of the Ming dynasty!
In 1582, Matteo Ricci arrives in Macao, hoping to convert China to Christianity.
After the death of the Ming founder, a brutal new emperor takes charge.