With splendor, scale and romance, the veil on the world’s most enigmatic, magnificent country is lifted. This enchanting natural history documentary delves into China’s vibrant habitats to reveal a land of unbelievable natural complexity. From the glittering peaks of the Himalayas to searingly hot deserts, a dazzling array of mysterious, beautiful, wild and rare creatures are revealed.
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Episode 1: Heart of The Dragon
Capturing the dazzling array of creatures that live in China’s most beautiful landscapes.
The improbable egg-carton hills of Southern China seem to float in a sea of glistening rice paddies. As this extraordinary natural history documentary reveals, this is a landscape full of surprises. Next to peasants ploughing with buffaloes are rivers concealing dwarf alligators and giant salamanders. Trained cormorants catch fish for their masters, while monkeys hide away in caves.
Episode 2: Shangri La
Examining the incredible wildlife occupying the remote forests in China’s far southwest.
Beneath billowing clouds, in China’s far southwest, rich jungles nestle below towering peaks. This glorious natural history documentary explores this extraordinary region, witnessing jewel-colored birds and ancient tribes that share forested valleys where wild elephants still roam. These remote forests stretch into northern territories where normally deserts would be found.
Episode 3: Tibet
Exploring the wildlife of the vast Tibetan plateau, one of the world’s most remote places.
The size of Western Europe, the Tibetan plateau covers a quarter of China. This vast windswept wilderness is one of the world’s most remote places, defined by the glacier-strewn Himalayas. But, as this astonishing natural history reveals, this brutal region is home to incredible wildlife such as rare chiru, brown bear, wild yak, and even the most successful predators on Earth.
Episode 4: Land of The Panda
A look at China’s heartland, home to the giant panda and the golden snub-nosed monkey.
China’s heartland with its Han people is the center of a 5,000-year-old civilization. As this incredible natural history documentary reveals, this land contains iconic monuments such as the Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven, and Beijing’s Olympic Stadium, and it’s home to some of China’s most charismatic creatures such as the giant panda, golden snub-
nosed monkey, and golden takin.
Episode 5: Beyond The Great Wall
Examining the extreme landscapes in northern China, where life is always on the edge.
China’s emperors built the Great Wall to keep their kingdom safe from the hostile lands to the north. But as this extraordinary natural history documentary shows, warrior nomads, bizarre wildlife and extreme weather are found beyond the Wall. Adapt or die is the way to survive these extreme lands, which have shaped some of China’s most colorful people and wildlife.
Episode 6: Tides of Change
Nature, culture and modern man jostle along China’s east coast in a battle for resources.
From the eastern end of the Great Wall, China’s coast spans 14,000 kilometers and more than 7,000 years of history. As this thrilling natural history documentary reveals, this is a place of huge contrasts: futuristic modern cities, ancient tea terraces and wild wetlands where rare animals still live. White dolphins, red-crowned cranes, giant sturgeon and saber- wielding monkeys all try to survive.