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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 09 - Through the Tian Shan Mountains by Rail. In this episode, the Silk Road crew travel from Turfan to Korla by train - starting in the Gobi region, crossing the eastern Tian Shan and down into the northern Tarim Basin oases. On the way of their journey, they experience how difficult camel travel over the mountain passes would have been for historic Silk Road travelers. And they visit some historical sites on the journey: fortifications built during Tang dynasty; a Mongolian tribe living in high Tian Shan Mountains; and ruins of Buddhist caves at the outskirts of Yanqi (Karashahr), an oasis town on Yanqi plain.

Episode 09 - Through the Tian Shan Mountains by Rail


Related Links
Tian Shan - wikipedia
The Tian Shan, also spelled Tien Shan, is a large system of mountain ranges located in Central Asia. The highest peak in the Tian Shan is Victory Peak (Jengish Chokusu), 7,439 metres (24,406 ft).

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