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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 […]