I somehow thought you’re living in the UK. Maybe the TV stations didn’t show such Eastern movies then because of cold war.
And today most shows that TV stations broadcast are different from the past. Less old tales but more modern stuff (that I don’t find so interesting like the old stuff).
The old puppet plays often included deeper meaning/topics and they were told in a calm way. Today’s stuff for kids is often so loud and hectic that I couldn’t watch it.
We also had many tales from H. C. Andersen as show:
China was even part of my childhood’s tales XDD
including dragons and ancient Chinese emperors xD