Beijing: Biography of an Imperial Capital - Ep 2 - Barbarians at the Gate
In this episode, see how Beijing historically was where China and the outside world met, mediated and collided. For centuries, it straddled the boundary between Chinese civilization and the nomadic tribes of Central Asia. In Beijing too, Jesuit missionaries first introduced Western science to the Chinese emperors who later fled the city in the face of advancing Western armies.
Beijing: Biography of an Imperial Capital - Ep 3 - Emperors, Conquerors and Rebels
In this episode see how China's capital has been the stage for some of the giants of Chinese and world history. From the conquering Mongol hordes of Genghis Khan to China's exiled last emperor, Beijing's annals is filled with stories of victory and defeat, and the exploits of its rulers, rebels and renegades.