China in the Classics: Songs of Chu in later generations
"China in the Classics," a show produced by China Media Group, examines the stirring stories of ancient Chinese classics by selecting the most outstanding of these traditional, cultural masterpieces and examining the creation process and core ideology in a form that combines cultural seminars, drama and visualization. It brings the ancient classics "alive," demonstrating Chinese wisdom, ethos and values implied in the ancient classics.
This episode presents Sa Beining guiding Qu Yuan through the time machine. They meet people from different eras, including Liu Xiang, Li Bai, and Nan Rendong. Later, Sa Beining takes Qu Yuan to the contemporary era, and they watch the successful launch of the Tianwen-1, China's first Mars exploration mission, and see photos of Mars sent back by "Zhurong", the Mars rover.
Qu Yuan's "Heavenly Questions" is closely related to today's "Tianwen-1" and "Shenzhou-12 manned spaceflight mission", which reveals contemporary Chinese people's inheritance and development of the spirit of exploration and innovation. Thrilled and relieved, Qu Yuan finally bids farewell to Sa Beining and leaves while chanting the line, "The way was long, and wrapped in gloom did seem, as I urged on to seek my vanished dream."