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Beijing and the Forbidden City

Yongle moves the capital north to Beijing and builds the Forbidden City.

The Chinese Voyages of Exploration

Michael Wood tells the tale of Admiral Zheng He’s voyages before Columbus.

Christian Missionary Matteo Ricci Journeys to China

In 1582, Matteo Ricci arrives in Macao, hoping to convert China to Christianity.

Power Politics in the Ming Dynasty

After the death of the Ming founder, a brutal new emperor takes charge.

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Golden Age

Michael Wood tells the tale of China's Renaissance.

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.

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