Christian Missionary Matteo Ricci Journeys to China
Michael Wood arrives in the old Portuguese colony of Macao, the Europeans' first foothold in China. The Italian Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci came here 1582, with the aim of converting the emperor and his people to Christianity. In today's cathedral in Beijing, Michael hears why Ricci is still so important to the 70 million Chinese Christians today.
Yongle moves the capital north to Beijing and builds the Forbidden City.
Michael Wood tells the tale of Admiral Zheng He’s voyages before Columbus.
A weekend of shopping and sightseeing in Suzhou - the tourist capital of the Ming dynasty!
After the death of the Ming founder, a brutal new emperor takes charge.