Silk Road Memories: About the Project

For almost one and a half millenniums, the Silk Road has been the most important bridge between West and East, facilitating the exchange of goods, ideas, technologies, arts and religions. But what remains? The colorful pictures of the photo exhibition "Silk Road Memories" tell about Silk Road traditions and associations living on even today in the "Wild West" of China, but they also hint on change in this region in the age of globalisation.

The exhibition starts in today's Xi'an, successor of the ancient capital of Chang'an and the most important Eastern terminus of the Silk Road. From there, it takes you three thousand kilometers westwards on a journey on the southern Chinese silk routes - to Lanzhou, through the Hexi corridor to the oases of Dunhuang in the Gobi desert and Turpan in the Tarim basin, through the endless Taklamakan desert to the legendary city of Kashgar, the Pamir mountains and the peaks of the Karakoram, near the Western border of modern China, where the "Silk Road Memories" come to an end.