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"On the Road" – Travelogue's Xinjiang Series

06-13-2011 15:04 BJT

Finally! Travelogue's Xinjiang Series is here!

What is Xinjiang?

Xinjiang – the "New Frontier": As China's largest autonomous region, it occupies one sixth of her entire territory and is three times the size of France. It is without a doubt vast.

It's where the barren Gobi Desert meets the Taklamakan's rippling sand dunes; where China’s longest inland river greets its largest inland freshwater lake; and where lofty snow-capped mountains preside over boundless verdant pastureland.

More than 21 million people and 47 ethnic minorities call Xinjiang home. Here you can taste the sweetest grapes in China; haggle over trinkets from Central Asia in Kashgar's boisterous bazaar; and check out Xinjiang's surprisingly Caucasian-looking ancient mummies. All-in-all, Xinjiang is a fantastic cocktail of distinct delicacies, colourful traditions and unique ethnic cultures.

But it's also a land of legend and ancient cultural relics. It was at the heart of the Silk Road, which saw the rise and fall of ancient civilisations and sculpted the cultures of both East and West. It's home to the Flaming Mountains immortalised in the Chinese classic Journey to the West; and it was where a very ordinary chair imported from the Roman Empire forever transformed how Chinese people sat.

Yes, this is Xinjiang.

Travelogue's Xinjiang Series

Travelogue will embark on an unprecedented 4-month voyage across the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Spanning 20 episodes, Travelogue will invite you to go to places you've never been, see things you've never seen, discover stories you've never heard, and together celebrate some wonderful moments "On the Road".

Along the way, we'll marvel at the wonders of nature, explore ancient sites and long-buried mysteries, experience fascinating local cultures, and learn about the lives of the people who inhabit this eclectic region.

From useful tips on where to go and how to get there, to intriguing stories that'll pique your interest in Xinjiang's ancient past, Travelogue will be an entertaining and definitive guide to travel in Xinjiang.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: CNTV.CN

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