Tracing Heritage

National Geographic
Tracing Heritage

Synopsis

China's ancient towns have witnessed civilization evolve. Many have withstood the test of time to become a part of living history and are still home to people and families who continue to carry on traditions passed down by the generations before them. British-Chinese actor George Young travels across China to uncover the diverse cultural history in these ancient towns in an effort to trace his heritage.

Episodes

Season 1
  • Exploring The Unfamiliar

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    Host George Young travels across China into unfamiliar territory - its ancient towns - to explore life from a bygone era and meet the inheritors of intangible cultural heritage. From woodcarving with a national master; hand pulling noodles in a village; performing kunqu opera for an audience; or training in martial arts for the lion dance; it's through these firsthand experiences that George aims to reconnect with his own Chinese heritage.

  • Unfamiliar Territory

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    Host George Young travels across China to experience ancient cultures that have been kept alive. He meets with masters of their craft. George encounters a silk weaver and explores the lavish mansions built from the silk trade. He tries his hand in making tofu, and examines how Traditional Chinese Medicine remains relevant today. Finally, he takes on a dangerous stint with iron molten fireworks performers. Through these firsthand experiences, George aims to reconnect with his own Chinese heritage.