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Series 1, Episode 1

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Michael Wood joins the Qin family reunion, when 300 relatives gather to worship their ancestors on Tomb Sweeping Day, before visiting some excavations at Erlitou. 1/6

Series 1, Episode 2

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In the backstreets and markets of Xi'an, Michael meets descendants of the traders from central Asia and Persia who came into China on the Silk Road. 2/6

Series 1, Episode 3

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In Twin Dragon Alley, in the city of Kaifeng, locals tell Michael him the legend of the baby boys who became emperors. He looks at China's most famous work of art - the Kaifeng scroll…

Series 1, Episode 4

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Michael Wood recounts the tale of one of China's most famous dynasties beginning with the amazing story of Hongwu, a peasant rebel who founded one of greatest eras in Chinese history…

Series 1, Episode 5

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China's last empire, the Qing, began in violence and war but Michael reveals how under the Qing, China doubled in size to include Xinjiang, Mongolia and Tibet. 5/6

Series 1, Episode 6

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Michael reveals how three cataclysmic revolutions between 1850 and 1950 shook China to the core. He ends his story with Mao's death and the boom time of the last thirty years. 6/6

Series 1, Episode 1

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Michael Wood joins the Qin family reunion, when 300 relatives gather to worship their ancestors on Tomb Sweeping Day, before visiting some excavations at Erlitou. 1/6

Series 1, Episode 1

BBC Earth

Michael Wood joins the Qin family reunion, when 300 relatives gather to worship their ancestors on Tomb Sweeping Day, before visiting some excavations at Erlitou. 1/6

Series 1, Episode 1

BBC Earth

Michael Wood joins the Qin family reunion, when 300 relatives gather to worship their ancestors on Tomb Sweeping Day, before visiting some excavations at Erlitou. 1/6

Series 1, Episode 1

BBC Earth

Michael Wood joins the Qin family reunion, when 300 relatives gather to worship their ancestors on Tomb Sweeping Day, before visiting some excavations at Erlitou. 1/6

Series 1, Episode 1

BBC Earth

Michael Wood joins the Qin family reunion, when 300 relatives gather to worship their ancestors on Tomb Sweeping Day, before visiting some excavations at Erlitou. 1/6

Series 1, Episode 1

BBC Earth

Michael Wood joins the Qin family reunion, when 300 relatives gather to worship their ancestors on Tomb Sweeping Day, before visiting some excavations at Erlitou. 1/6

Series 1, Episode 1

BBC Earth

Michael Wood joins the Qin family reunion, when 300 relatives gather to worship their ancestors on Tomb Sweeping Day, before visiting some excavations at Erlitou. 1/6

Series 1, Episode 1

BBC Earth

Michael Wood joins the Qin family reunion, when 300 relatives gather to worship their ancestors on Tomb Sweeping Day, before visiting some excavations at Erlitou. 1/6

Series 1, Episode 1

BBC Earth

Michael Wood joins the Qin family reunion, when 300 relatives gather to worship their ancestors on Tomb Sweeping Day, before visiting some excavations at Erlitou. 1/6

Series 1, Episode 1

BBC Earth

Michael Wood joins the Qin family reunion, when 300 relatives gather to worship their ancestors on Tomb Sweeping Day, before visiting some excavations at Erlitou. 1/6

Series 1, Episode 1

BBC Earth

Michael Wood joins the Qin family reunion, when 300 relatives gather to worship their ancestors on Tomb Sweeping Day, before visiting some excavations at Erlitou. 1/6

Series 1, Episode 1

BBC Earth

Michael Wood joins the Qin family reunion, when 300 relatives gather to worship their ancestors on Tomb Sweeping Day, before visiting some excavations at Erlitou. 1/6

Series 1, Episode 1

BBC Earth

Michael Wood joins the Qin family reunion, when 300 relatives gather to worship their ancestors on Tomb Sweeping Day, before visiting some excavations at Erlitou. 1/6

Series 1, Episode 1

BBC Earth

Michael Wood joins the Qin family reunion, when 300 relatives gather to worship their ancestors on Tomb Sweeping Day, before visiting some excavations at Erlitou. 1/6