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 07 - Khotan-Oasis of Silk and Jade. This episode tries to introduce local cultures and industries in the region of Khotan, an oasis town in the southwest part of the Taklamakan Desert and largely populated by Uyghurs. It starts with a camel caravan bringing big chunks of jade down from the Kun-Lun Mountains. This Kun-Lun Mountains has been a main place to collect jade in China. Some jade products like a jade armor suit are shown. Through the Silk Road, jade as well as silk were carried: jade to Chan An; silk from Chang An. And then it tells the famous tale of the "Silk Princess" who smuggled silkworms out of China and the silk industry - weaving and spinning, in the region.

Episode 07 - Khotan-Oasis of Silk and Jade

Related Links
Kingdom of Khotan - wikipedia
The Kingdom of Khotan was an ancient Buddhist kingdom that was located on the branch of the Silk Road that ran along the southern edge of the Taklamakan Desert in the Tarim basin.

Go to The Silk Road Home or watch other lectures:

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