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 10 - Journey into Music: South Through the Tian Shan Mountains. The Silk Road crew reach Kucha, used to be called "Qiuzi". It was a prosperous place and was an ancient Buddhist kingdom. Now Kucha is famous for two things - music and fresh fruits. They find people in Kucha enjoy music and dancing everywhere: farmers sing harvesting crops and processing them; Kucha people enjoy dancing with music after finishing harvest. They try to present why Kucha people enjoy music in everyday life so much with historical evidences. They visit Buddhist caves near Kucha and find paintings and artifacts related to music: a wooden box with paintings of ancient "orchestra" in bright colors; paintings of angels playing musical instruments.

Episode 10 - Journey into Music: South Through the Tian Shan Mountains

Related Links
Kucha - wikipedia
Kucha was an ancient Buddhist kingdom located on the branch of the Silk Road that ran along the northern edge of the Taklamakan Desert in the Tarim Basin and south of the Muzat River.

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