CCTV Airs Confucius Doc.

A historic documentary on Confucius aired on China Central Television (CCTV) Friday night.

The 90-minute, six-part documentary took two years to make and it is the first documentary to be produced by China and a foreign company.

It was produced by state-run CCTV in cooperation with Britain’s Lion TV, China International Television Corporation and the Dazhong News Group.

Confucius is recognized as a symbol of Chinese history, culture and intellectualism. His teachings and philosophy are renowned around the world.

He was reportedly born in the present-day town of Qufu in east China’s Shandong Province around 551 B.C.

His philosophy, which came to be known as Confucianism, emerged from the school he founded in which students from all walks of life came to receive his wisdom. He is believed to be the first to establish private schools in China.

About 1,300 Confucius temples are scattered throughout China and overseas.

Today, about 9 million people are studying Chinese language and culture in 500 Confucius institutes

The documentary was broken down into six parts: the man, the legend, the philosophy, the master, the inheritance and the present day.

A 300-minute, domestic version of the documentary is under production.

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