Hour China

Discovery Channel turns the spotlight on China with a weekly 1-hour special showcasing the vast country's wildlife, technological wonders, architectural and engineering feats, and culture.

This time, HOUR CHINA focuses on Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), which remains one of the most prestigious and oldest universities in China 120 years on. Pushing the boundaries of scientific research and focusing on addressing global issues, SJTU has pioneered a number of firsts in the history of modern China, including the first artificial satellite, nuclear powered submarine, carrier rocket, and spearheading research in dark matter.

Counting former Chinese President Jiang Zemin, top scientist Qian Xuesen and NBA superstar Yao Ming among their elite alumni, SJTU has made a name for itself as one of the top universities in China and the world. Join HOUR CHINA as it goes behind the scenes to reveal the inner workings of one of China’s most internationally-recognized institutions.

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Episode Guide

10 September


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17 September


In this episode, Josh investigates technology that could transform our lives and create a clean, green Smart Planet. But creating a smarter planet for the future doesn't mean negating the past.


24  September


Ancient Beijing was a wonder of the world - a city of extraordinary palaces, temples and fortifications, built by talented engineers on the orders of their visionary masters. With CGI, location filming, re-enactments and interviews from experts on the city's past - and future - we reveal how China's capital was designed according to an ancient secret code, which still shapes it in the 21st century.