The documentary “Return to Zai Tun” is on National Geographic


The successful inscription of Quanzhou on the World Heritage List marks a historic achievement of the Eastern Maritime Silk Road, it is considered a collective memory and a common wealth of humanity, recognized and cherished by the peoples. of the whole world. The documentary “Back to Zai Tun“begins with the appointment of Quanzhou in ancient times, and takes the voice and perspective of the present to elaborate on Zai Tun past and present as well as historical links.

As an exceptional example of a port at the center of world maritime trade and the only starting point of the Maritime Silk Road recognized by UNESCO, How did Quanzhou grow from a small fishing village to a prosperous port city? How has long-distance global ocean trade integrated the diversity of global society and culture, and how to make intercultural prosperity a reality – what are the historical drivers and the genes of the legacy behind it?

The documentary “Back to Zai TunWill have the chance to answer questions through two episodes of 90 minutes in total. He leads with Jacob of Ancona oriental travel journal “The City of Light” to decode the oriental characteristics and the influence of Chinese marine civilization from a global perspective, and get to know the adventurous, courageous, welcoming and diverse people who were born from the sea .

The documentary was produced and refined for nearly four years to ensure the thoroughness and accuracy of the documentary’s historical facts while presenting a fresh perspective. The production team traveled to more than 20 countries and regions to collect historical material on Quanzhou, including the religious version of “The Travels of Marco polo, “first edition of” The City of Light “for study and comparison.

Based on this, the crew interviewed a number of leading experts from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the National Museum of China to clarify the importance of civilian maritime exchange activities in the long history and break traditional knowledge. The film crew widened their field of view from Quanzhou and followed the nodes of important events along the route to trace physical evidence and contemporary histories, building a multidimensional cognitive system with Quanzhou as the fulcrum.

The documentary also takes this advantage to contrast the humanistic spirit, popular craftsmanship with ancient society to paint a picture of heritage and development, innovation and integrity. The old port of Zai Tun was once the largest port in the East, and its evolution can still elicit endless inspirations for people today.

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SOURCE Quanzhou Radio and Television Station


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