A soldier patrolling the Great Wall witness an attack from the Hun army. In this example of smoke signals, one of the oldest forms of long-distance communication, he lights one of the beacon towers to warn the rest of China about an enemy invasion.
The narrator describes how the Qing Dynasty of Ancient China was created, and how and why the Chinese built the Great Wall of China during this time period. Then, it is explained how Meng Tian, the general who completed the wall, felt remorse for destroying the land to build the wall.
The narrator describes how the Han dynasty of Ancient China came to power and how they depended on a Steppe nation, the Yuezhi, for horses. The Xiongnu, a group of mounted nomads, came to power. The Han government made peace by giving the Xiongnu various resources, including silk. This material became widely known and gave other countries a romanticized view of China.
This clip illustrates how the Yan kingdom attempted to assassinate emperor Qin Shi Huang. After the failed attempt, Qin Huang accelerated the war efforts and conquered all of the neighboring kingdoms within the next decade to achieve his dream of creating an empire.