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Martin Yan's Hidden China
Genre: Cultural
In Martin Yan's Hidden China, the famed international chef and television host journeys deep into beautiful and mystical Yunnan and nearby regions. Traveling by car and bus, on bicycles and, at times, the back of a trusty yak, Martin retraces part of the ancient Silk Road journey. He follows its twists and turns, making his way to small historical enclaves and cultural outposts. Along the way, he meets scores of local people - minority tribe members who are generous with their stories, as well as their recipes. The insightful cultural and culinary vignettes in the 13 episodes of Martin Yan's Hidden China are the result of Martin's vision, persistence and unique connections within China. Public television viewers will now be able to see a rarely seen side of China - the Song Zanlin Temple, the spectacular Tibetan monastery in Shangri-la; rugged horse trails, where for centuries the precious cargo on horseback has been tea; the Li River where fisherman use cormorants, and much more. Join Martin on the shores of picturesque Lugu Lake, where he encounters the exotic Musuo society and their unique matriarchal communal structure. In Lijiang, he walks the streets of a town that time seems to have forgotten. In Yangshuo, he visits an old Dutch friend and experiences first-hand the life of a Westerner in a rural Chinese setting. In Shangri-la, he discovers peace of mind and spiritual awakening, inspired both by a Tibetan monastery and the surrounding, majestic, snow-capped mountains. Always eager to participate in the daily routines of his hosts, Martin keeps his hands busy by harvesting Pu-erh tea leaves at a tea plantation. In Kunming, he joins in a hunting expedition in stalking down...mushrooms! And everywhere he goes, Martin delights his hosts by rolling up his sleeves and helping to create and savor favorite local dishes.

Below is a list of broadcasts scheduled to air in the next 60 days on any of our three channels.

Episode #101
Ancient Lijiang - a Journey Through Time
Below majestic Jade Dragon Snow Mountain lies a gem of a town called Lijiang. Martin explores the town on foot and samples some of the local peoples' best breakfast dishes in the great outdoors. Next he meets Mr. Li, the curator of the local museum, who is an expert on the Dongba civilization. Wishing to experience local customs, Martin accepts an invitation to attend a wake honoring Mr. Li's departed mother. At the funeral, family, friends and neighbors practice native memorial rituals and bring offerings. Everyone joins in a special ceremonial meal, in which a specific number of offering dishes must be presented. Martin's Cooking Tip: Pantry Items.
26 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

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episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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tpt Life Channel 2.3

Tue Aug 19th @ 9:00 am

Episode #102
Kunming - The Gateway To Eternal Spring
Martin begins his exploration of "Hidden China" at Kunming's colorful flower markets. He admires the migrating birds that seasonally congregate in great numbers along the shores of famous Dianchi Lake. He then pays a visit to The Yunnan Nationalities Village, where he experiences the diverse cultures and lifestyles of the Bai, Yi and Dai tribes. He discovers exotic culinary pleasures, like the Yi Rice Noodle and Lamb Stew dishes he helps prepare, and learns how to brew spirits from corn. Martin ventures into the beautiful natural surroundings of this mountain country as he joins the local people on a mushroom hunt. He then enjoys the fruits of their labor, sampling wonderful, wild mushrooms. Martin's Cooking Tip: Garlic.
26 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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tpt Life Channel 2.3

Thu Aug 21st @ 9:00 am

Episode #103
A Rock Legend
Martin retraces the footsteps of European cultural explorer Josef Rock, who documented the life of the Naxi people. Martin interviews descendents of locals who Rock befriended and who were his neighbors when he lived in the region. Martin visits a local village, to view popular Naxi arts and crafts, like papermaking. In discussions with local residents, Martin learns about the architectural, religious and cultural history of an ancient culture that's still alive and practiced by the local population. Martin's Cooking Tip: Chinese Chef's Knife.
26 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

Tue Aug 26th @ 9:00 am

Episode #104
The Wind and Water of Quilin
Long referred to as the 'Eighth Wonder of the World', Quilin, which lies along the banks of the misty Li River, is a destination known for its spectacular limestone hills. Martin pays tribute to this scenic wonder, visiting the river at different times and settings. During the day, he fishes with the aid of Cormorants ... an unusual local fishing technique ... and then shares his catch with local friends at an impromptu picnic lunch by the river. At night, he sails the river again and experiences all the colorful lights that transform Quilin into a romantic spot. Outside Quilin, Martin visits with rice farmers and learns about their planting and harvesting practices. Martin's Cooking Tip: Ginger.
26 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No upcoming airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

Thu Aug 28th @ 9:00 am


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