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Hear a reading from Marco Polo's account of his journey across the Gobi and Taklamakan deserts in China. Bactrian camels are known as the only animal able to survive the trip across each of China's deserts.
Learn about the impact of tourism and winds on the movement of the singing dunes in the Dunhuang region of China. The oasis has changed significantly since the time of Marco Polo, but the environment has not.
The Chinese government has heavily invested in the city as a result of overpopulation in the Eastern regions of the country. Learn about the regional cuisine and several popular folktales.
The Valley of a Thousand Buddha's is one of China's most important archaeological and religious sites. The architectural style of the valley is that of Mogao Art; artists preserve several large statues of Buddha.
Yumenguan is the beginning of the Great Wall of China. Merchants who wanted to enter China by way of the ancient Silk Road had to wait at its border for months.
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Crossing the Taklamakan desert is a demanding step. And only once the Silk Road caravans made it could they say they truly arrived in China. The Bactrian camel has become emblematic of the region: without it, trade could not have developed along the Silk Road. Between the Dunhuang oasis’ dunes, our guide meets a woman camel breeder. The oasis has become a popular tourist spot but its fragile ecosystem has to be protected. The valley of the 1,000 Buddhas stretches outwards from the edge of Dunhuang. This extraordinary archaeological site comprises no fewer than 492 caves, with cave-paintings dating from the fourth to the fourteenth century. One cave contains a 36 meters tall statue of Buddha—the biggest Buddha recorded in the history of China.
Length: 26 minutes
Copyright date: ©2017
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