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The Story of China: The Ming
The Ming
Season 1  |  Episode 4  |  SBS  |  May 4, 2016
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Michael Wood embarks on a great historical adventure, exploring the stories, people and landscapes that have helped create China's distinctive character and genius over four thousand years. In this episode, the Ming: Michael's exploration of China's most famous dynasty begins with the amazing story of how a peasant rebel, Hongwu, founded one of the greatest eras in Chinese history. Michael sees the giant fortifications of the Great Wall, the ritual enclaves of the Forbidden City in Beijing and travels with bargeman Mr Hu down the Grand Canal, Chinas great artery of commerce right up to the present day. As he delves into the culture of The Ming, Michael learns of Admiral Zheng's pre-Columbus exploration of Africa and the Gulf. He travels to Suzhou, the Venice of China. Staying in a merchants house where he discovers the silk industry, ceramic and lacquer-making and visits one of the most beautiful gardens in this city of gardens.

Michael Wood embarks on a great historical adventure, exploring the stories, people and landscapes that have helped create China's distinctive character and genius over four thousand years. In this episode, the Ming: Michael's exploration of China's most famous dynasty begins with the amazing story of how a peasant rebel, Hongwu, founded one of the greatest eras in Chinese history. Michael sees the giant fortifications of the Great Wall, the ritual enclaves of the Forbidden City in Beijing and travels with bargeman Mr Hu down the Grand Canal, Chinas great artery of commerce right up to the present day. As he delves into the culture of The Ming, Michael learns of Admiral Zheng's pre-Columbus exploration of Africa and the Gulf. He travels to Suzhou, the Venice of China. Staying in a merchants house where he discovers the silk industry, ceramic and lacquer-making and visits one of the most beautiful gardens in this city of gardens.

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