During medieval times, when Europe was in the dark ages, China was the most advanced civilization in the world. Its people enjoyed great prosperity, political stability and social harmony. Considered the highest form of human expression, China’s gentry literati pursued the arts, primarily calligraphy, painting and poetry, while enjoying theater and opera. China’s quest to unravel the mysteries of nature led to major advances in science and technology, including printing, gunpowder and the compass, centuries before the West. Explore the golden age of Chinese civilization and how China’s great traditions are influencing China’s re-emergence on the world stage today.