I had a chance to take photos togehter with internationally recognizesed photographers on the trace/footstep of Marco Polo on the Silk Road organized by China Photographers Association and The State Council Information Office.
Photographers’ task – who were invited from many countries as Belarus, India, the USA, Portugal, Italy, Norvegia, Austria, Netherland, Sweden, Turkey, Germany and of course from Hungary – was to cronicle the modern China, documentation mainly Xinjiang, what is the second biggest province of China.
Xinjiang is bounded with 8 other countries, on the north-east with Mongolia and on the south-west with India.
This isolated region is mainly a desert or covered with grass what is bordered by the highest mountains of the world.
A lot of oasis towns what got around the torrid Taklamakan-desert from the north to the south were founded along the Silk Road two thousand years ago. The commerce took place on the Silk Road attracted the traders from India, Europe so Xinjiang became the venue of the east and the west where the Christian and Buddhistic temples existed next to eachother. At the end of the Tang-age Turkis tribes attacked the province many times where the main religion was the Islam to the
In the 18th century China overpowered Kasgiria and it has been keeping it since then in spite of its insurrections. Almost the 50 per cent of the population belongs to the ethnic minority.
Regarding to the large amount of ujgur population the name of the province was changed to Xinjiang Ujgur Autonomous Territory/Region in 1955 and its capital is Ürümgi. The most popular targets of the visitors are the Tian-Sang ridge, the rich grasslands around Tian-Chi (heavenly lake) outside Ürümgi and the towns of the Silk Road as Turpan and Kasgan with desert and mountanous scinery in the background. Wandering/Roaming on the ancient trade routs by
car, by plane or on foot sometimes on desert terrain, sometimes among mountains we leave thousands of kilometers behind us.
Besides the spectacular geographical view, culture of mixed nations amazed us and I try to share the pictures of it with the visitors.