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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.

The Story of China airs Thursday at 1:00 p.m.


Season 1
Episode 6
Michael Wood visits Hong Kong's Peninsula Hotel, jewel of the Jazz age, and follows Mao...
Season 1
Episode 5
In the 18th century China was the biggest economy in the world, and with that prosperity...
Season 1
Episode 4
In Nanjing Michael Wood sees the building of a huge replica of a Ming ocean-going junk....
Season 1
Episode 3
In the alleys of Kaifeng, the world's greatest city before the 19th century, Michael Wood...
Season 1
Episode 2
From picturesque old cities on the Yellow River he travels to the bazaars of the Silk...
Season 1
Episode 1
Starting with a family reunion, when 300 relatives gather to worship their ancestors on '...


The Story of China explores the history of the world's oldest continuous state.