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Mai 2011 . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . Zur Route . . . . . . Zum Tagebuch

 

. Steep Road to the Oasis -- Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan

Our next destination is the countries in Central Asia. We will visit a new city that has emerged near the border between Kyrgyzstan and China. The city shows rapid growth due to the huge influx of Chinese goods. Heading west, we will see the cotton fields spread out across a huge oasis in Uzbekistan. We also explore the beautiful, white-bricked city of Bukhara, which still maintains an atmosphere of the middle ages. In one of the city's narrow streets, Uzbekis, Russians, Jews, and others live together side-by-side in harmony. Visit these people who live to the fullest amidst the uncertainties after the collapse of the former Soviet Union.

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. Two Roads to the Pamirs

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

3700 km. from Chang-an to Kashgar--in old days a full year's journey. Kashgar's main mosque and celebration of end of Ramadan with thousands in square; music and dancing (for men only)."Tomb of the Fragrant Concubine" (Abakh Khoja Mausoleum), burial place of 17th and 18th century Naqshbandi Sufi rulers; legend of the Kashgari woman Xiangfei, who met tragic fate as emperor's concubine. School for non-Chinese--cute kids identify their ethnic groups in rogues' gallery lineup. Bazaar and craftsmen--lathe run by hand bow; beaten copper pots, making jewelry, musical instruments--continuation of tradition of Kashgar as commercial center. Marco Polo quoted on city. Modern truck caravan trade over Karakorum Highway to Gilgit in Pakistan--barter exchange with silk, ceramics, tea, tools, thermoses from China in exchange for dried fruit, nuts, nylon scarves, medicines. Dancing entertainment. 1300-yr.-old Buddhist caves on outskirts of city, the oldest in Xinjiang (narrator mis-speaks--200-300 BCE), but all despoiled now. Drive toward Pakistan with scenic views, nomadic herders; scene of yak caravan crossing glacier to illustrate difficulty of mountain travel. Old fort at Tashkurgan; Ptolemy cited for report from Greek merchants about "Stone Tower" (the film does not mention it likely was not the one here...). Xuanzang passed through here. Tajiks of region; an interesting Tajik village wedding with dancing. Ends on Khunjerab Pass, 4943 m.

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. ..

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. The Sky Horses of Davan

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. .Legendary Ladakh

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. The King´s Road

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Across the Pamirs

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. Eine neue "Seidenstrasse"?

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. Der Islam im Konflikt 1: Sunniten und Schiiten

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. Der Islam im Konflikt 2: Der Islamische Staat [ IS / ISIS ]

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. Zentralasien 1

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. Zentralasien 2

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. Zentralasien 3

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. Neues aus Usbekistan

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. Afghanistan

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. Xinjiang - Der ferne Westen Chinas

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. China im Wandel

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Cycling the Pamir Highway (M41) - Tadschikistan

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2011: Die Marco Polo Faehrte Von Tadschikistan nach China

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Seen auf dem Dach der Welt

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Tadschikistan 2010

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Tadschikistan

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Cycling the Pamir Highway (M41) - Kyrgyzstan

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Travel Series: Alleykat Shares Kyrgyzstan (EP.6)

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Travelling The Pamir Highway - Osh to Murgab

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Cycling Central Asia

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. (Ton möglicherweise nicht FIREFOX-kompatibel)

Istanbul to Iran

Juli 2012: Once upon a time

a few months ago… Here’s five minutes of footage we filmed during our two days of confinement to our hostel in Khorog. It was quite unnerving re-watching and listening to all the recordings… I’m not sure ‘enjoy’ is the right word, but have a watch when you’ve got time. We’re putting the finishing touches to our Cycling Central Asia film which should uploaded and ready in a couple of days. Cheerio x