CGTN Documentary was launched on December 1, 2012. It is the first dedicated documentary channel in China with worldwide coverage. WCHU 61.3 is located in Chicago. CGTN Documentary will display the unique value of documentaries in authentically showcasing history and readily accessible to a global audience.

CGTN Documentary will mobilize documentary teams across the country and foster new talent; it will work with global institutions on TV documentary production and broadcast, and produce world-class documentaries.

On December 1, 2012, WCETV proudly relays CGTN Documentary’s best quality programs through the newly expended free to air DTV terrestrial WCHU Ch. 61.3 Chicago (originally 61.5). A population of 9.8 million viewers from great Chicago area can now enjoy the programs that CGTN Documentary offers and to be a part of its global community.

With a commitment to provide the latest and the best news and entertainment programs to its viewers, WCETV is making its continuous effort to work with China TV Corp. in developing more digital channels in different cities of the U.S.A. in the near future for more viewers to enjoy programs from CGTN Documentary.




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Chicago is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Illinois, and the third most populous city in the United States, with approximately 2.8 million residents. Its metropolitan area (also called “Chicagoland”), which extends into Indiana and Wisconsin, is the third-largest in the United States, after those of New York City and Los Angeles, with an estimated 9.8 million people. Chicago is the county seat of Cook County, though a small portion of the city limits also extend into DuPage County.

Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837, near a portage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River watershed. Today, Chicago is listed as an alpha+ global city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network, and ranks seventh in the world in the 2012 Global Cities Index. The city is an international hub for finance, commerce, industry, telecommunications, and transportation, with O’Hare International Airport being the second-busiest airport in the world in terms of traffic movements.


CGTN Documentary is the english-speaking version (international edition) of the chinese-speaking CGTN channel (domestic edition) of CCTV in China. It also has some mandarin-speaking programs with english subtitles and is a window to the rich culture and heritage of China. CGTN Documentary is the first dedicated documentary channel in China with worldwide coverage. The documentary channel features outstanding documentaries covering all aspects of art, culture, music, science, sport, archaeology and more. These documentaries are grouped into its six major categories: Top Choice, Humanity and Geography, Portrait of Real Current Life, Special Edition, The Road to Discovery, and History Legend.

中央電視台紀錄頻道(CGTN紀錄頻道)分為國內版(中文)和國際版(英文)。國際版也包括中文發音,英文字幕的節目。 中央電視台紀錄頻道是作為中國豐富的文化和遺產的窗口展向世界各地。CGTN紀錄頻道是中國第一個覆蓋全球的紀錄片頻道。該頻道提供的節目涵蓋文化,藝術,音樂,科學,體育,考古學等各個方面的領域。頻道的節目共分為六大類:精彩放送,人文地理,時代寫真,特別呈現,發現之路,歷史傳奇.

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A re-broadcast of some of the best documentaries.
1st run everyday between 5:00am – 6:00am (CST)
精彩放送: 重播節目,內容以頻道遴選的收視高,影響力大的國內優秀紀錄片為主。
首播時間為 5:00am – 6:00am (美國中部標準時間)
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Natural Geography, Science and society type of documentaries.
1st run everyday between 6:00am – 6:30am (CST)
人文地理: 自然,地理,科學和社會的紀錄片。
首播時間為 6:00am – 6:30am (美國中部標準時間)
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Focuses on the people and society of modern times.
1st run everyday between 6:30am – 7:00am (CST)
時代寫真: 播出社會現實類節目,以展現時代活力,引起觀眾共鳴。
首播時間為 6:30am – 7:00am (美國中部標準時間)
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Domestic top quality documentaries created in China.
1st run everyday between 7:00am – 8:00am (CST)
特別呈現: 國產精品紀錄片
首播時間為 7:00am – 8:00am (美國中部標準時間)
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Historical file and archaeological exploration type of documentaries.
1st run everyday between 8:00am – 8:30am (CST)
發現之路: 歷史檔案和考古勘探類型的紀錄片。
首播時間為 8:00am – 8:30am (美國中部標準時間)
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Historical file and archaeological exploration type of documentaries.
1st run everyday between 8:30am – 9:00am (CST)
歷史傳奇: 歷史檔案和考古勘探類型的紀錄片。
首播時間為 8:30am – 9:00am (美國中部標準時間)
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Documentary: “You Bring Charm to China”

According to the Ministry of Public Security, more than 50 million foreigners exit or enter the country on average every year, while another 5 million live here. Of these, about half-a-million call China home. Many have enriched Chinese lives with their contributions in business, education, medical care and disaster relief. China Right There, a recent bilingual documentary on Tianjin TV highlighted the lives of 100 expatriates who have been living here since the founding of New China in 1949. The crew traversed the length and breadth of the country recording their everyday lives.


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Documentary: “The Stories of Landmarks”

Six-part documentary “The Stories of Landmarks” records the most representive gourmets across the country, telling the specialty of Chinese catering culture and customs. Meanwhile, every landmark has its own story that you may not know. Please stay tuned and find out what the stories behind.


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Documentary: “Haibei Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture”

Haibei Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture locates in northeastern Qinghai Province. It borders Xining and Haidong Prefecture in the southeast, Haixi Mongol and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in the west and is separated by the Qinghai Lake from Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in the south. It also shares a boundary with Gansu Province in the northeast. There are mountain ranges crisscrossing all over Haibei. Please follow our program to take a look what a beautiful place it is with magic natural sceneries and legends…


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Documentary: “Tea Culture of Wuyi”

Wuyi Rock Tea enjoys a long history. Being one of the top tea in China, it is also the forefather of Oolong tea. It played an important role in the tea development in China. Wuyi Rock Tea, with its “special rock charm and fragrance” is well-known at home and abroad. From the documentary “The Tea Culture of Wuyi Mountain” we can get more information about the essence of Wuyi tea culture.


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Documentary: “Under The Foreign Sky”

Nowadays, there is an increasing number of foreign people choose to live in China as China become more and more important both in politic and economy. Why do they want to live in China? What attracts them to settle down in China? Maybe the delicious food, friendly Chinese people, beautiful landscapes, or any other reasons. Anyway, most of them live a happy life in China, and share their stories with Chinese friends…


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Documentary: “Portraying China”

They are famous photographers of China. They record China from different aspects with their cameras. They show people a real China through vivid images. They tell people a long story on China´s culture, Chinese people´s lives, great changes in China and fast development of the society…


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Documentary: “History of Modern Chinese Banking”

With the establishment of Rishengchang Piaohao in Shanxi, the history of Chinese modern banking started a brand new chapter. Despite of the great wealth these private banks have made to their family, they have never forgotten to take every effort to help our country through major difficulties and better off the whole financial development. Following this 5-Episode documentary, we will find more about these brilliant Shanxi businessmen as well as the first generation of Chinese modern banks.


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Documentary: “Rediscovering the Yangtze River”

In 2004, 20 years after “The Story of the Yangtze River” was first broadcast, the CCTV camera crew that captured the amazing footage used in “The Story of the Yangtze River”, began another impressive filming project along the river. Their intention was to make a similar record at the same region at a different time.


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Documentary: “The Summer Palace”

The summer Palace is produced with the help of the most advanced high-end digital technology. The crew produced a series of landscape shots during different seasons, with their footprints reaching to every corner of the garden. The documentary faithfully and completely pictured the changes of views and lighting effectss during the four seasons. Vivid details brings highly visual shock to the audience.


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Documentary: “At a Chinese State Banquet”

No matter in which country, the State Banquet seems to be mysterious and solemn. As for China, with its long cultural history in the art of food preparation, a deep importance is attached to State Banquets. What is Chinese State Banquet like? What are the stories behind each preparation? Join us to reveal the mysterious veil of the Chinese State Banquet.


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Documentary: “Nurhaci”

Nurhaci was an important Manchu chieftain who rose to prominence in the late 16th Century in what is today Northeastern China. He was part of the Aisin Gioro clan, and reigned from 1616 to his death in September 1626. reorganized and united various Manchu tribes, consolidated the Eight Banners military system, and eventually launched an assault on China proper´s Ming Dynasty and Korea´s Joseon Dynasty. His conquest of China´s northeastern Liaoning Province laid the groundwork for the conquest of the rest of China by his descendants, who would go on to found the Qing Dynasty in 1644.


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Documentary: “Glamorous Kenya”

Kenya, in East Africa, a paradise for wildlife. It used to be a cradle of ancient human civilization. Now it is home to 48 ethnic tribes. It is also a battlefield for its inhabiting wildlife. It has modern cities as well as primitive tribes who still make fire by rubbing sticks. Kenya has attracted western explorers for 100 years. It remains a land of mystery today. Kenya is a place of wonder, and extraordinary beauty. We are going to traverse the Kilimanjaro and the Great Rift Valley and explore the glamorous Kenya.