The Silk Road - I

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History Documentary hosted by Graham Webster, published by NHK in 1980 - English narration

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Camels plodding across the desert, and a sense of timelessness evoked by Kitaro's theme music... NHK devoted 17 years to the planning, shooting and production of The Silk Road, which unearthed trade routes linking long-lost civilizations of East and West. A landmark in broadcasting history, this series told the story of the rise and fall of ancient civilizations. The NHK Tokushu and China's CCTV documentary series The Silk Road began on April 7, 1980. The program started with the memorable scene of a camel caravan crossing the desert against the setting sun, with Kitaro's music and a sense of timelessness. It was the start of an epic televisual poem. The first journey described in the series began in Chang'an (now Xi'an), at the eastern end of the ancient route. On 450,000 feet of film, the NHK crew recorded the path westward to the Pamir Heights at the Pakistan border and this material was edited to make 12 monthly broadcasts. In response to viewers' requests that the series be extended to cover the Silk Road all the way to Rome, sequels were made over the next 10 years. Seventeen years after the program was conceived, the project was completed.

[edit] The Glories of Ancient Chang-An

Chang-An - China's old center. The journey begins from Chang-An, current Xi-an that was more than 1,000 years a capital in China, and the melting pot of international influences.

[edit] A Thousand Kilometers Beyond the Yellow River

At the foot of the Qi-Lian mountains Chinese dynasties once fought against foreign nomadic tribes. Also of interest are the sculptures and rock carved Buddhas.

[edit] The Art Gallery in the Desert

We'll look Dun-Huang Mogao Caves of the Thousand Buddhas, their art treasures and enigmatic Library Cave.

[edit] The Dark Castle

Tour to the Khara-khoto city located in the middle of the Gobi desert, the northern outpost of the Han period that was destroyed by Genghis Khan.

[edit] In Search of the Kingdom of Lou-Lan

Chinese scientists investigating for the first time of the ancient city of Lou-Lan, the Xiaohe Princess and the mysteries of the wandering lake.

[edit] Across the Taklamakan Desert

Oasis cities of the southern route are now buried in the sand, but many discoveries prove the wealth of East-West cultural exchange.

[edit] Khotan - Oasis of Silk and Jade

We'll look at the most sought after Silk Road trade goods, silk and Hetian gems.

[edit] A Heat Wave Called Turfan

The oasis cities of Hami and Turfan suffered attacks by Huns, but also enjoyed the peaceful co-living of diverse ethnic groups.

[edit] Through the Tian Shan Mountains by Rail

Chinese modernity and the past meet the Silk Road, where the most difficult part of the course can be traveled by rail.

[edit] Journey into Music - South Through the Tian Shan Mountains

Music and dance have always been popular in south of the Chinese Tian Shan mountains area, and they have left their mark also on the Japanese music.

[edit] Where Horses Fly Like the Wind

We'll look the nomads living the Silk Road northern branch and the "flying horses" homeland, valley of the Ili river.

[edit] Two Roads to the Pamirs

A long journey across China ends Tashkurghan, which is accessible by two routes, the ancient and the new.

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Video Codec: XviD ISO MPEG-4
Video Bitrate: 2073 kbps
Video Resolution: 720x552
Video Aspect Ratio: 1.304:1
Frames Per Second: 29.970
Audio Codec: 0x2000 (Dolby AC3) AC3
Audio Bitrate: 192kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 48:15.822
Number Of Parts: 12
Part Size: 786 MB
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