Overland Season 15 Episode 3 – Gansu corridor

49m 58s

From Lanzhou, after passing the Yellow River, we head back up the Gansu corridor, an obligatory step to head West amongst the final dunes of the Gobi desert to the North an the snow-capped mountains of Qilian Shan to the South. There will be numerous historical and artistic testimonies, which were in part described by Marco Polo who lived here for a bout a year: Zhangye the largest Chinese sleeping Buddha, the tradition of the galloping horses of Wewei, the fortress of Jiayu Pass that was built by the Ming in the end of the Great Wall. The episode ends with the cave monastery of Mogao, at the bottom of the sand dunes of Dunhuang.