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Promotional material for The Mystery of China Photo: Courtesy of Youku

Highlights from the new cultural reality show ‘The mystery of China

From the ruins of Sanxingdui, one of the greatest discoveries of the ancient Shu culture, to the wreck of the Nanhai No. 1 of the Song Dynasty (960-1279), a landmark discovery for Chinese underwater archeology, many discoveries tell us more about China. past and the history of mankind. Now a new cultural reality show, The mystery of Chinajust aired on Chinese streaming site Youku and Henan TV to tell the stories of six of these cultural treasures, starting Friday.

Featuring Chen Kun and Xu Danrui as guests, the show will not only visit archaeological sites and find interesting stories hidden in museums, but also pose questions to cultural scholars and archaeologists to help the audience understand better understand these cultural treasures. .

According to Li Bing, the show’s producer, “who we are” and “where do we come from” are key questions on the road to “finding our cultural genes.”

“We hope to record the glorious moments of our more than 5,000-year-long history. This is our intention behind the show,” Li said.

The show visited some of China’s best-known cultural sites like the Mogao Grottoes and Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum, approaching them from different angles.

How to present these cultural sites in the best possible way was something that challenged the production team.

“Chinese history is so long that if we follow the chronological order, we should start with the Xia (c.2070 BC-c.1600BC), Shang (c.1600BC-1046BC) and Zhou (1046BC-256BC) dynasties or even earlier,” Li told the Global Times, “which is impossible.”

Integrating traditional Chinese animation with storytelling, it provides a complete audio and visual upgrade.

Among the stories the show is about to uncover, the story of the sinking of the Nanhai No.1 is probably the most fascinating. According to archaeologists, the ship was originally built in the Song Dynasty. Now housed in the Guangdong Maritime Silk Road Museum, it contained many porcelains, metalwork and copper coins, making it a valuable resource for studying the Maritime Silk Road.

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