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Part 1- Origin of jade

In May, 2009, at an archelogical site in Anyang, Henan Province, archeologists are cleaning the newly discovered tomb. It´s a tomb of a man who who lived 3000 years ago. There are only a few of pieces of bronze ware in the tomb. But archeologists aren´t going to give up until they find something more important. At the bottom of the tomb, they find a blueish white object, it is jade.

Part 2- Mystery of jade

The earliest human civilizations on earth were nurtured around 5000 years ago, the ancient Egyptians built the pyramids, the ancient Babylonians built the hanging gardens. In China, it was an age without written records, but not without tales and legends.

Part 3- Power of jade

In 1600 BC, the first Greek settlers arrived at the coast of the Aegean sea. They established states of various sizes, and autonomous city state system became the fundamental form of government. Meanwhile in China, the Shang Dynasty came into being.

Part 4- Rites of jade

In the autumn of 1993, a group of archeologists are heading towards a village in Shaanxi Province to investigate the looting of a tomb. It turned out to be a Zhou Dynasty tomb which contained over 800 pieces of exquisite jade.

Part 5- Spirit of jade

In May 1968, an army unities carried out a top secret construction project near the Ling Mountain in Hebei Province. What happens next far exceeds everyone´s expectations. A top secret document lands on the desk of a senior local official saying that the soldier officials have found a mysterious ancient tomb.

Part 6- Order of jade

New Year´s Eve 1994, people in Qian County, Shaanxi Province are preparing dinner. Two tomb raiders are also ready to go to work. At daybreak, it becomes clear that the tomb raiders were trying to work their way into an imperial tomb of the Tang Dynasty. It´s the tomb of Emperor Xizong, the 19th emperor of Tang.

Part 7- Honor of jade

On September 17th, 1957, archeologists discovered a protective wall of one of the Ming tombs outside Beijing. Behind it is a marble gate leading to a spectacular underground palace. At the far end are the coffins of emperor Wanli and his two wives. In the emperor´s coffin, many jade objects were found.

Part 8- Popularity of jade

At a Sothbey´s auction in Hong Kong in 2008, people are bidding for a piece of ancient jade from the Qing Dynasty- Emperor Qianlong´s imperial seal carved of white jade. In the end it sold for an astronomical amount of 63380,000 Hong Kong dollars.

The Myth of Jade More

Jade – a gemstone of unique symbolic energy, and unique in the myths that surround it. With its beauty and wide-ranging expressiveness, jade has held a special attraction for mankind for thousands of years.