Lost Treasures of the Ancient World: Ancient China

The Great Wall of China remains the most soaring architectural achievement of the Chinese people – but it’s not the only one, as this program reveals.

Man has constructed many remarkable monuments, but only one can be seen from space. The Great Wall of China remains the most soaring architectural achievement of the Chinese people –but it’s not the only one, as this entertaining and informative program reveals.

Highlights include dazzling graphic re-creations of a Chinese village from seven thousand years ago, the terracotta army of the First Chinese Emperor and Beijing’s Forbidden City. Features superb 3D graphics, State-of-the-art computer generated animation, all new location footage, and expert commentary and analyses.

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  • Hyungnam Gu

    It is commonly claimed that the Great Wall of China is the only human-made object visible from the Moon. This is false. None of the Apolloastronauts reported seeing any specific human-made object from the Moon, and even Earth-orbiting astronauts can barely see it. City lights, however, are easily visible on the night side of Earth from orbit.[179]Shuttle astronaut Jay Apt has been quoted as saying that “the Great Wall is almost invisible from only 180 miles (290 km) up.”[180] (See Man-made structures visible from space.) ISS commander Chris Hadfieldattempted to find it from space, but said that it was “hard as it’s narrow and dun-colored.”