Editor's Note- Four-episode documentary Four Postcards of Kashgar More

This is home to dozens of ethnic groups. With its perennial snow-capped mountains, extensive deserts, and meandering rivers, this beautiful landscape has attracted countless explorers.This ancient city lies on the very western end of China. To its east lies the Taklamakan Desert; to its south, the Karakorum Mountain Range and Ngari of Tibet; to its west, the Parmir; and to its north, the Tianshan Mountain Range. The Kashgar and Yarkant rivers bring life to this barren desert and the ancient oasis town of Kashgar.

Episode 1- Mountains and rivers

The Barengaizi River from the Pamir brings a great quantity of mud and sand, earning it the name "Grey River" among the locals. Over time, the silt has created a fan-shaped delta with green grass where cattle herds graze. The area has a large Tajik population.

Episode 2- The silk road

Arnold Joseph Toynbee from Britain is considered one of the greatest modern historians.He once said, "I wish I had been born in Xinjiang in the 1st century after Buddhism was introduced." In the 1st century, Kashgar was an important city on the Silk Road. Toynbee wished to be born there because of his scholarly interest and deep love for the area. What made this city so attractive to him?

Episode 3- Life in the town

Shache County was a strategic point of the Silk Road. The Yarkant River flows through the county. Uygur musician and poet Amanni Shahan is buried here. She was the first person to systematically organize the Muqam. Her love story with King Abdurashid Khan is known by almost every household in Xinjiang. Songs were composed to tell the love story of the king and his queen. They have been sung along the Yarkant River ever since.

Episode 4- The bounty of nature

The Yarkant flows through the Kunlun Mountains. The torrential river branches off into streams along a delta after running out from deep valleys. In the summer, melting snow triggers floodwaters that carry pieces of jade down from the mountains and valleys. Sometimes, floods dig up jade pieces that were once lying under the riverbeds. In autumn when the floods subside pieces of jade are exposed, ready to be collected.

Conclusion

For over 2,000 years, the 7,000 km Silk Road has been at center of commerce and cultural exchange. It has exerted a great influence on the history of human civilization. Kashgar lies at a strategic position on the ancient Silk Road. It borders five countries, having five frontier trade ports. Kashgar is at the center of the economic ring formed by eight countries. The Silk Road, lying dormant for 500 years now has a new lease on life. The ancient border town of Kashgar will unveil its splendor once more.