Overland Season 15 Episode 4 – In the middle of Oasis and sandstorms

50m 10s

At the legendary Jade Gate, we leave behind us Han China and enter the land of the Uyghur, the Muslim Turk population that inhabits the North West of China. The most adventurous part of the journey awaits us: the exploration of the Taklamakan Desert with the tallest dunes in the world and the powerful sandstorms caused by the torrid Karaburan wind. The southern track of the Silk Road features a series of important Oasis-Cities that are irrigated by the water coming from the glaciers of the Kunlun. Hotan was one of the first Buddhist kingdoms in Asia, a place of exchange for goods as well as technologies, philosophies and religions.