It is a superb series of programmes written and presented by the historian Michael Wood. If you have not had chance to see it I highly recommend it. You can view it on BBC iPlayer. The series explores the history of the world's oldest continuous state, from the ancient past to the present day. It is so good I have watched them for a second time! The photography is truly breathtaking. He travels across China to explore the landscapes, peoples, stories and cultures that have helped create China's distinctive character and genius over more than 4000 years.