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February 4, 2017

The Peony, Part 4

CCTV9 China 4 October 2016

“The Sole Full Bloom” – In the final episode, we learn how the peony left the Orient and conquered the horticultural world, and about a hybridization experiment in the Tibetan highlands involving the rarest peony species in the world.


January 31, 2017

The Peony, Part 3

CCTV9 China 3 October 2016

“The One True Flower” – In the third episode, we learn about the quest for the legendary “Wei’s Purple”, a variety that has been lost for many centuries, and the tremendous effort it takes to make peonies bloom in time for the Chinese New Year.


January 25, 2017

The Peony, Part 2

CCTV9 China 2 October 2016

“The Sole Exquisite Fragrance” – In the second episode, we join a plant hunter on his dangerous mountain expedition, we learn about the role of the peony in traditional Chinese medicine, and we meet a Japanese scientist who wants to breed the perfect black peony.


January 21, 2017

The Peony, Part 1

CCTV9 China 1 October 2016

“The Sole National Beauty” – To the Chinese people, the peony is the king of flowers, a symbol of happiness and a national symbol of China. In the first episode, we learn how images of the peony evolved through history, how the lives of ordinary Chinese are touched by the […]