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Top 6 Chinese Documentaries to Make Parent-Child Time Fulfilling

Mar. 1, 2022

During the process of your child learning Chinese, do you have struggles such as: your child finds it so boring to learn Chinese in a regular way and tries to quit the lesson halfway through? Are there conflicts and misunderstandings between the two of you when you ask your child to learn Chinese? These difficulties encountered in Chinese learning are actually very easy to solve. Today, I will recommend 6 documentaries that are most popular with parents in China. Add them to your list so you can learn Chinese as well as enjoy wonderful and fulfilling parent-child time by watching them.

1. Rén  shēng   dìyīcì
《 人      生    第一次》– The Firsts in Life

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All of us have lots of firsts in our lives. “The Firsts in Life” captures twelve life nodes that are significant to Chinese people. They take us through different stages of life such as birth, schooling, starting a family, establishing a career, and retirement. They are spatially distributed in different life scenes, such as hospitals, schools, the military, real estate agencies, villages, factories, and senior colleges. At the beginning of each episode, a “storyteller” who echoes the core of the story is invited to introduce the main film as well as provide voiceover and emotional interpretation of the narration.

2. Chǒngwù yīyuàn
《    宠物     医院   2》– Animal Hospital 2

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Does anyone not like cute animals? The answer is absolutely “no”! Through the three dimensions of pets, doctors and owners, the program shows the real human-pet relationship. It conveys the concept of scientific pet care, emphasizes the life theme of always accompanying and growing together with them, and the stories about love will once again infiltrate people’s hearts. “Pets are animals endowed with love”. Through the special perspective of pet medical care, the director penetrates the emotional relationship between human and pet, conveys the concept of scientific pet raising and caring for animals, and reveals the importance of mutual companionship and common growth between human and pet.

3. Rúguō guóbǎo huì shuōhuà
《 如果     国宝      会     说话》– Every Treasure Tells a Story

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Season 1 of “Every Treasure Tells a Story” presents mostly pottery and bronzes from the ancient period, while the season 2 focuses on artifacts from the Spring and Autumn Warring States and Qin and Han civilizations. In the third season, the historical scope of the program spans from the Wei, Jin and North and South Dynasties to the Sui and Tang periods. Covering a wide range of categories such as calligraphy, painting and frescoes, it shows the skills, aesthetics, culture and lifestyle of that era in a multi-dimensional way.

4. Xiǎo xiǎo shàonián
《 小    小      少年》– Little Giants

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This documentary is about a group of talented children. The children include a girl who dances ballet in a pork store, a teenage group obsessed with robotics, a boy addicted to the world of insects, a teenage races who uses a motorcycle to stage “The Fast and the Furious”, a legendary youngster who gave up the table tennis industry after he had reached the top eight in the country and then decided to join the e-sports circle, and a 9-year-old boy who values music as much as his life. They can perceive their hobbies at a young age and are willing to devote their time and effort for their passion. Even in the midst of discrimination and disbelief, they can keep on moving forward.

5. Háng pāi zhōngguó
《  航    拍       中国》– Aerial China

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Aerial China selected Xinjiang, Hainan, Heilongjiang, Shaanxi, Jiangxi, Shanghai, Zhejiang, Sichuan, Inner Mongolia, Gansu, Guangdong, Fujian, Jiangsu, Yunnan, Anhui, Guizhou, Shandong, Tianjin, Shanxi, Jilin, Hunan, Hebei, Ningxia, and more. The provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions show the completely different topography, climate environment, and natural ecology in different parts of China. They overlook China from an aerial perspective, and display Chinese history, culture, geographical features and social forms in a three-dimensional manner, which lets the audience see a beautiful, ecological and civilized China in a new perspective.

6. Wǒ zaì gùgōng xīu wénwú
《 我   在   故宫    修   文物》– Masters in the Forbidden City

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Episode 1 tells the story of restoration of bronzes, court clocks and ceramics. Episode 2 is a story of restoration of wood, lacquer, Baibao inlay and embroidery, and episode 3 is the restoration, copying and printing of paintings and calligraphy. For the first time, the film fully presents the world-class restoration process and technology of Chinese cultural relics, showing the original state and collection state of the cultural relics. The first close-up display of the inner world and daily life of cultural relics restoration experts is shown, through the interaction of “temples” and “jiang-hu” in the field of cultural relic restoration. It shows the inheritance code of the only “workers” in the four traditional Chinese strata “scholars, farmers, worker and merchant” that have an orderly inheritance, as well as their beliefs and change.

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