Geography


New! China: Dunhuang 26 min.

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 ecosy...

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New! China: Kashgar 26 min.

Alfred's point of entry to China is Kashgar, in the Xinjiang region—the biggest in the country. It is home to the Uyghurs, an ethnic minority descended from Turkic peoples. At the height of trading on the Silk Road, Kashgar was a major hub for caravans travelling to India or Central Asia. Alfred visits a market, is instructed in the importance of plant ingredients in preparing medicines by a Uyghu...

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New! Iran: Assassins, Emperors and Magi 26 min.

Alfred learns that Iran has a Silk Road Secretariat. Its representative in the northern city of Qazvin—Hooman Babapoor—explains that the government wishes to develop links between other countries along the illustrious road. Far from the city, at 2,000 meters above sea level, Alfred visits the ruins of Hassan-i Sabb?h’s fortress, founder of a movement known as “Hashshashins”—drug smokers and killer...

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New! Iran: Kashan, the Zoroastrian Fire Temple of Yazd 26 min.

In the oasis of Kashan, in central Iran, Alfred marvels at the famous pleasure gardens of Fin that cemented the Persians’ renown. He then discovers Iranian Zoroastrianism in a “house of strength”, whose inhabitants hone both their spirit and their body. At the temple of Chak Chak, in the nearby mountains, he is introduced to Zoroastrianism, Persia's ancestral religion. In the sacred city of Yazd,...

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New! Iran: Tabriz, Capital of Merchants 26 min.

Alfred discovers the north of Iran; enter the city that once was the core of the entire Silk Road in Persia: Tabriz. He heads into the bazaar, the finest in the country, and wanders through its 36km of alleyways and stalls. Our guide meets Dr Faribouz Esmaeli at the heart of this architectural gem—he was in charge of its restoration. Tabriz is also the center of the ancient Armenian community in I...

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New! Kyrgystan 27 min.

Osh is the first place Alfred visits in Kyrgyzstan. He saunters down the aisles of its bazaar, but soon realizes that the real Kyrgyzstan is to be found on the endless steppes and vast mountains, where you lose all notions of boundaries. Alfred learns about Kyrgyz identity from a girl student who tells him the tale of local legends at the foot of the "Throne of Solomon," the hill that overlooks th...

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New! Turkey: Anatolia, the Caravans of Asia Minor 27 min.

At the heart of the Anatolian plateau, our guide visits the first of the caravanserais that dot his journey, as they once dotted the ancient trade routes. The caravanserai at Aksaray is a perfect example of architecture of the Seljuq dynasty, the first empire in the region starting in the 10th century. Then the history and arts specialist Ahmet Diler accompanies Alfred on a visit to the legendary...

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New! Turkey: Bosphorus 26 min.

At the edge of the European continent, our guide enters Turkish territory through the city of Edirne. He discovers Ottoman architectural wonders and the traditional local variant of wrestling, in which men are doused in olive oil before bouts. After a stop in Istanbul, the ultimate symbol of the Silk Road, Alfred discovers the city that was once the Ottoman capital, Bursa, and gains an insight int...

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New! Uzbekistan: Bukhara 27 min.

Alfred arrives in Uzbekistan, at the heart of the ancient Silk Road. He discovers Bukhara the beautiful, dream city for numerous travelers. Home town of Avicenna, Bukhara remains the dreamland of many wayfarers through the ages. Our guide meets some of its artists and craftsmen. There are reminders of the Silk Road everywhere you look—woven into a fabric’s pattern, on talismans, and so on. The baz...

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New! Uzbekistan: Samarkand 26 min.

Some used to say Samarkand—in central Uzbekistan—was at the center of the world. Alfred follows the ancient Royal Road to the city—associated with the great Turco-Mongol warrior Timur, who was also famed for his refinement and elegance. Alfred visits Timur's mausoleum and the imposing public square of Registan, journeying back in time with the help of a local historian. He then ventures outside th...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017