Starting with a family reunion, when 300 relatives gather to worship their ancestors on 'Tomb Sweeping Day,' Michael explores ancient myths and archaeological sites to uncover the origins of the Chinese state; he examines the first Chinese writing, and tells the dramatic tale of the bloodthirsty First Emperor, before an amazing climax with a million pilgrims at a festival on the Yellow River.
Michael Wood joins a million pilgrims at a temple festival for China’s ancient gods.
Michael uncovers clues to China’s first dynasty, the Shang, in a traditional drug store.
A group of Korean scholars tell Michael why Confucius still matters so much today.
Michael Wood joins in the ancestral rituals with the Qin family of Wuxi.