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 08 - A Heat Wave Called Turfan. The Silk Road crew explore the hottest region on the Silk Road - Turfan, once called Land of Fire: Mud lake below sea level; people's life in the hot weather - sleeping in open air on roofs; reddish mountains known as Fire Mountains; its local economy - grape harvest and drying grapes; and underground water supply system - Karez. And also they take us on a journey to Gaochang, an ancient oasis town on the Silk Road: ruins of the town; paintings and artifacts showing the cultures of Gaochang.

Episode 08 - A Heat Wave Called Turfan

Related Links
Turpan - wikipedia
Turpan, also known as Turfan or Tulufan, is an oasis county-level city in Turpan Prefecture, in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China.

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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