The Silk Road

The Silk Road - Episode 6

50 minutes 7.30/10 based on 27 votes

Across The Taklamakan Desert

This episode shows a good sense of the varied geography, both physical and human, including a tour of a provincial oasis town and its market. Information on the main population of the area, the Uighurs, with interesting filming of such things as the making of the characteristic flat bread that is a staple of their diet. Then follows along the route of the famous explorer Stein to visit the ruins of Miran and Niya, now well out in desert, but at one time located on rivers and centers of sophisticated administration, economic and religious life. One sees, among other things, the wooden beams of a large “palace.”

Some of pictures taken from the artifacts removed to museums by Stein and others, including the mummified bodies of a couple, the silk robe that one of them was wrapped in, and the various objects of daily life that had been buried with them. Clear evidence of the international ties of the Silk Road cities, with both western and Chinese artistic influences.


1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars6 Stars7 Stars8 Stars9 Stars10 Stars
7.30/10 (27 votes)
Loading...

Discuss This Documentary

3 responses to “The Silk Road”

  1. zarko says:

    WOW!! this documentaru i watched when i was a child with macedonian translation on (then) state TV. ITS GREAT!! maiby it will look old now but the documnetrau worthe every minute of your time!! RECOMEND

  2. Jim says:

    This is quite wonderful. I can remember watching as a young man in Scotland and being spellbound. It has lost none of its magic. A masterpiece.

  3. wmac says:

    I also watched it as a kid. Kitaro’s silk road music still brings me to dreams…. I loved the series then…

    This series used to be played in Iran (with Persian translation)…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Like Us on Facebook?

Never miss out on free documentaries by liking us on Facebook.