The Silk Road: Past, Present, Future
If you want to see the old Silk Road, stretching from Asia 8000km to Europe, you had better hurry. For centuries a network of roads between exotic places transporting silks, spices, food, jewels and perfumes, it was a vital trade link between East and West. It also brought together different cultures, religions, knowledge and art. Today it’s being developed as a superhighway linking the economies of 40 countries. Like the villages along the Yangtze River that disappeared when the Three Gorges dam was built, perhaps the villages on the Silk Route will also vanish. This documentary traces the network’s colourful 2000-year history through some of the ancient cities that still exist en route.