See how children learn to speak and write the language and how the Chinese follow ancient beliefs to celebrate their national identity.
No country has risen so quickly from poverty to prosperity. But is there a price to this rapid economic growth?
Tokyo is the world's largest and most densely populated megalopolis. It stands as a symbol of our Futuristic high-tech civilisation. Yet over 150 years ago, before it opened up and embraced Western culture without losing its own identity, Tokyo was still Edo, a traditional Asian city ruled by the feudal powers of the Samurai. Twice the city experienced total destruction. Yet each time, like the mythical phoenix, the city rose spectacularly from the ashes. Discover the story of its history through never seen before restored and colourised archives filmed in Tokyo from 1905 onward. Examine the extraordinary resilience of the Japanese people.
Luke visited SAPA high in the hills in Northern Vietnam fifteen years ago. He's pleased to find out that not much has changed, and visits a little girl he befriended during that time. She welcomes him into her house and learns how the local dish of dried buffalo is made. He also goes foraging for botanicals with a scientist who is making Vietnam's very first gin.
Luke's penultimate stop of his train journey is Hanoi, the second largest city of Vietnam located on the Red River. There is one dish Luke always has when he visits Hanoi and that's bun cha.
Luke visits Hai Phong, a major industrial city and the second largest in the northern part of Vietnam. This is a special visit for Luke as it's the birthplace of his partner Lynne, where he'll meet her family - some of which he has never met.
Luke's next stop is Ninh Binh, which is a scenic wonderland with its majestic rolling mountains and intricate waterways. An early start at the local market, Luke meets a rice farmer who also catches and sells tiny rice paddy crabs. She offers to take Luke out on her canoe for a spot of crab hunting.
Luke visits Hue, famous for its royal heritage, ancient imperial architecture, and rich royal cuisine that inspires Luke. He also visits Con Hen Village, where they specialise in the technique of swirling and de-shelling baby clams, a skill that goes back hundreds of years.
Kumi travels to Japan to deliver news to a family she hopes still exists, about a father she never really knew. Her identity is challenged as she tries to understand why she feels so at home in this intoxicating country.
Benjamin's workaholic dad Danny is part of a 300-year-old tradition of Chinese seeking their fortunes in Australia. He recalls his early business development days in Queensland during the post-White Australia Policy Whitlam era.
Benjamin and mum Jenny look for the ties of blood that bind China and Australia today and have kept its people at odds in the past. They travel from Caloundra to Canton in search of mysterious family roots.
Explore contemporary China through the window of the wedding photography industry. Follow Chinese and Australian participants as they navigate love and family in the lead up to the most important ritual of Chinese society.
Jordan is learning how the tech hub of Shenzhen has taken its 30 years of global manufacturing dominance and turned it into genuine, world leading innovation in hardware and robotics.
In episode 1 Jordan is venturing to Beijing to see how world leading universities, daring venture capitalists and government policy is helping to create the 'Silicon Valley' of China in Zhongguancun.
In the final episode of his series tracing the story of the most famous trade route in history, Dr Sam Willis continues his journey west in Iran. The first BBC documentary to be granted entry for nearly a decade, Sam begins in the legendary city of Persepolis - the heart of the first Persian Empire.
In the second episode of his series tracing the story of the most famous trade route in history, Dr Sam Willis travels west to central Asia, to a part of the Silk Road often overlooked and yet the place of major innovations, big historical characters and a people - the Sogdian's - whose role was pivotal to its success. He travels through Tajikistan to meet the last survivors of that race and discovers how they were built by armies of captive craftsmen for one of the greatest conquerors the world has ever seen: Timur. He then goes back to school to learn where modern mathematics and astronomy were born.
Kate Humble and Ant Anstead present the final episode from Hong Kong, looking at what happens right after New Year. This great port city is a strange mix of ultra-modern and traditional. Kate trains with a top dragon-dancing troupe and discovers that not only is it a highly demanding kung fu-based art, it is also taken very seriously as Hong Kong people sincerely embrace the tradition of lucky lions and dragons at New Year. Meanwhile, the Hairy Bikers are in Beijing at the Temple Fair, where they explore a tradition from Imperial China. The Emperor starts the New Year by renewing his mandate of heaven.
Tracing the story of the most famous trade route in history, Dr Sam Willis starts in Venice and explores how its Renaissance architecture and art has been shaped by the east and by thousands of exchanges along the Silk Road, from Venice to China's ancient capital, Xian.
The Hairy Bikers Dave Myers and Si King go to New Year's Eve in Beijing, following an extraordinary day in China's capital city. They experience life in the mega-city on this special day, from preparations at the bell tower, which can only ring on the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, to the home of a Beijing family, the Zhangs, who are getting ready for the biggest family get-together of the year. The whole city comes to a halt as everyone gathers round dinner tables to tuck into the traditional reunion dinner.
Chinese New Year is one of the biggest events on the planet, and every year a sixth of the world's population travels home to celebrate with their families. Based in the heart of Beijing, Kate Humble, Jing Lusi and Ant Anstead offer a front-seat view of one of the most spectacular events on earth. In this episode, the trio follow the weeks leading up to New Year at the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, an extraordinary sub-zero celebration in China's far north east.
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