Welcome to Heartbeat, the show that gets to the centre of China's ever-changing lifestyle, yet still manages to discover the country's rich cultural heritage. I'm your host Man Ling.

Monkey King
Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center
Today we will hear a report about China's newly launched Shenzhou-8 spacecraft and its mission in space; and then we will explore how the Chinese language is becoming popular in the West on both the small and big screens; plus we will also take a look at how Australian universities are trying to attract more students. And finally, we will introduce an actor who has specialized in playing one role for almost his entire career - that's the role of the Monkey King, a very popular character in one of China's four classic masterpiece literatures. All that ahead on Heartbeat, stay tuned. Chinese astronauts are set to carry out scientific experiments alongside their German counterparts on the Shenzhou-8 spacecraft, which has just been launched in northwest China. The experiments are expected to benefit medical research on earth. Shuangfeng files this report from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.