New Programme Chinese Garden《园林》


CCTV (Chinese Central TV) recently showed their new documentary programme Chinese Garden. This series has 8 episodes; presents the beauty of Chinese gardens and explores the deeper relationship between Chinese people and their gardens. The whole programme is a feast for eyes if you like gardens and Chinese culture.

Here are the links to watch on youtube, but it is only in Chinese at the moment–great chance to practice your listening!

Episode 1: Real Wonderland

Episode 2:  Royal Garden in Village

Episode 3: How Far is the Fairyland

Episode 4: Poems on the Land

Episode 5: A Dream of the History

Episode 6: Immortal Trees and Springs

Episode 7: The Distant Home

Episode 8: The Garden on the Other Side of the Walls

Documentary Series: The Da Ming Palace

Six beautifully made series about a legendary palace of the splendid Tang Dynasty in Chinese history. The rise and fall of Da Ming Palace was closely tightened with the power of Tang. If you are interested in Chinese ancient culture, you need to learn about Tang. It is my favourite dynasty in the history of China! 🙂

A few interesting facts about Tang Dynasty (618年-907年):

1. It was fashionable for women to be full-figured (or plump). Men enjoyed the presence of assertive, active women.

2. Empress Wu Ze Tian was the only legitimate female ruler in Chinese history.

3. During the Tang Dynasty, tea became synonymous with everything sophisticated in society.

4.  The first recorded use of toilet paper was made in 589 by the scholar-official Yan Zhitui.

5. People played football and polo.  W020081212393262858311

Watch in youtube: Chinese Version

English Version: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

China: As History Is My Witness

Programme on BBC Radio 4 about Chinese history.

  • Available until 12:00AM Thu, 1 Jan 2099
  • First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 9:00PM Fri, 12 Oct 2012
  • Duration 58 minutes

Click to listen on iPlaye:

荆轲刺秦王 (The Emperor and the Assassin)

In this week’s Chinese lesson, we are going to watch a Chinese film called The Emperor and the Assassin (荆轲刺秦王-jin ke ci qin wang). This film is based on a historical story during Zhan Guo (Warring States Period, 476-221 BC), before the first emperor Qin united China.  Students from our Chinese Course please read about the history background before coming to the lesson on Wednesday. We will also make and eat some Chinese dumplings before the film!

Reading:  Jing Ke        Zhan Guo (Warring States Period)


History of China
3 Sovereigns and 5 Emperors
Xia Dynasty 2100–1600 BC
Shang Dynasty 1600–1046 BC
Zhou Dynasty 1045–256 BC
 Western Zhou
 Eastern Zhou
   Spring and Autumn Period 772-476 BC
   Warring States Period 476-221 BC
Qin Dynasty 221 BC–206 BC
Han Dynasty 206 BC–220 AD
  Western Han
  Xin Dynasty
  Eastern Han
Three Kingdoms 220–280
  Wei, Shu and Wu
Jin Dynasty 265–420
  Western Jin 16 Kingdoms
  Eastern Jin
Southern and Northern Dynasties
Sui Dynasty 581–618
Tang Dynasty 618–907
  (Second Zhou 690–705)
5 Dynasties and
10 Kingdoms

Liao Dynasty
Song Dynasty
  Northern Song   W. Xia
  Southern Song Jin  
Yuan Dynasty 1271–1368
Ming Dynasty 1368–1644
Qing Dynasty 1644–1911
Republic of China 1912–1949
People’s Republic
of China

Republic of
China (Taiwan)