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The Silk Road

The Silk Road is a documentary series created through the joint cooperation of China's CCTV and Japan's NHK, exploring China's historical sites, villages, religions and cultures along the ancient trade route. Consisting of twelve episodes, the series takes us on a journey through the Silk Road within China.

Episode 03 - The Art Gallery in the Desert. In this episode - The Art Gallery in the Desert, the Silk Road crew go to the Gobi Desert and look around the Mogao Caves at Dunhuang. The Mogao Caves consist of over 500 caves, more than 30 miles in length. There are thousands of murals and statues in the caves from 366 AD, encompassing the art styles of Greece, India and the many dynasties of China. These caves hand-tunnelled into the Mingsha Mountains are a tour-deforce of religious art. They exemplify man's striving to create a legacy of his accomplishments and beliefs.

Episode 03 - The Art Gallery in the Desert


Related Links
Mogao Caves - wikipedia
The Mogao Caves or Mogao Grottoes, also known as the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas, form a system of 492 temples 25 km (16 mi) southeast of the center of Dunhuang, an oasis strategically located at a religious and cultural crossroads on the Silk Road, in Gansu province, China.

Go to The Silk Road Home or watch other episodes:

Episode 01: Glories of Ancient Chang An
Episode 02: A Thousand Kilometers beyond the Yellow River
Episode 03: The Art Gallery in the Desert
Episode 04: The Dark Castle
Episode 05: In Search of the Kingdom of Lou-Lan
Episode 06: Across the Taklamakan Desert
Episode 07: Khotan-Oasis of Silk and Jade
Episode 08: A Heat Wave Called Turfan
Episode 09: Through the Tian Shan Mountains by Rail
Episode 10: Journey into Music: South Through the Tian Shan Mountains
Episode 11: Where Horses Fly like the Wind
Episode 12: Two Roads to the Pamirs