China

THE STORY OF CHINA
Golden Age / The Ming

 

Travel from the Silk Road to the Yellow Sea with host Michael Wood as he explores the history of the world superpower that is China. A thrilling and moving epic of the world’s oldest continuous state with the landscapes, peoples, and stories that have made today’s China.

 

In the first hour, see the stunning achievements of two of China’s most brilliant dynasties: the Song, creators of a Chinese Renaissance; and the Ming, builders of the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.

 

THE STORY OF CHINA
Ancestors / Silk Roads and China Ships

 

Travel from the Silk Road to the Yellow Sea with host Michael Wood as he explores the history of the world superpower that is China. A thrilling and moving epic of the world’s oldest continuous state with the landscapes, peoples, and stories that made today’s China.

 

In the first hour, Ancestors, explore China’s early history with Michael Wood as he joins a million people at a festival devoted to ancient gods.

 

Then, in hour two, Silk Roads and China Ships, travel the Silk Road to discover the brilliant Tang dynasty.

 

GLOBE TREKKER
Food Hour: Southern China

GLOBE TREKKER - Food Hour: Southern China

 

Celebrated New Zealand chef Peter Gordon discovers the roots of Cantonese cuisine. Peter’s journey takes him north to Lianzhou, the mountain home of the Yao tribe, where he cooks succulent spiced pork. Next he walks the rice fields of the Pearl River Delta, and meets traditional medical doctors in Foshan. He also cooks up a strength-giving feast for dragon boat racing crews in Guangzhou, shops in the fabled market of Qingping and samples street fare in Chaozhou.

 

Decoding Ancient Chinese Gardens

 

Suzhou, China is the heart and origin of the world’s oldest classical Chinese gardens and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Lance, an architect, and Kelly, a landscape designer, from the SF Bay Area experience the synthesis of art, nature and architecture from several masterpiece gardens in Suzhou, China. These two travelers visit the Master of Nets Garden, which was designed and built during the Song Dynasty almost 1000 years ago. They traverse the rock maze of the Lion Forest Garden, and experience the tranquility of the Couple’s Retreat Garden and more. Along the way, they see the architectural poetry of the garden-like Suzhou Museum, designed by the world famous architect, I.M. Pei. An exciting excursion to the water town of Tongli, south of the Yangzte River Delta, exposes Lance and Kelly to ancient waterways, bridges and residential architecture.