The Story of China

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

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China's Last Empire: A Rich Age for Muslim Culture

02:24

Under the Qing Dynasty Muslim culture had a new vitality – including all women’s mosques.


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The Opium Trade in China

03:16

Professor Zheng Yangwen tells Michael about the impact of the opium trade in China.

The Last Communist Collective in China

02:37

Michael Wood visits the last surviving communist outpost in today's China.

The First Meeting of the Chinese Communist Party

02:50

Michael Wood describes the first meeting of the Chinese Communist Party in Shanghai 1921.

"Why Can't Women Be Heroes Too?"

01:44

Qiu Jin was the tragic star of the failed revolution of 1907, against the Qing Dynasty.

The Show Must Go On!

03:23

Michael Wood watches an opera in the snow, to celebrate Grandma’s 90th birthday!

The World's First Great Cuisine

02:28

China developed the world's first great restaurant culture, and it's still going strong!