The Silk Road: Past, Present, Fu­ture

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

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.

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