In his keynote speech to the opening of the Bo'ao Asia Forum on March 28, 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping elaborated the country's "One Belt and One Road" initiative. This is a brilliant outline of China to develop relations with foreign countries. By rediscovering the meaning of the ancient Silk Road, it will grant brand new meanings to thousand-year-old economic, cultural and business exchanges.
There have been abundant photography and film works about the Silk Road. This time we chose major cities on the ancient Silk Road and the "One Belt and One Road" initiative to take and chose more than 150 pictures of cultural sites, important relics, transport hubs, folk customs, cultural exchaes and trade, all with distinct regional features. Under the theme "Traveling through the Silk Road with the same route of culture", the exhibition is divided into three parts, "Search, Meet and Integration", meaning to search for the history of kingdoms and regions along the ancient Silk Road, to encounter with each other on this vast land, and to achieve political trust, economic integration and cultural understanding to forge a peaceful world at present and in the future.
The first part——Search
Snow in Danxia, taken in December 2011, by Zuo ZhulinThe unique landscape of Danxia has long been described by people of Guyu ethnicity in Zhangye, Gansu Province as Red Mountains. Located in the middle of the Hexi Corridor in Gansu, Zhangye used to be a boomtown. Italian traveler Marco Polo used to stay in Zhangye for a year.
Liujiagang, Taicang, Jiangsu, taken in 1985 by Ru Suichu.
The fleet of Zheng He heading to the West Ocean leave the port at Longjiang Pass in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, and float along the Yangtze River. Before entering the East China Sea, they congregate at Liujiagang in Taicang to load cargo and prepare for the trade winds. The fleets returning from the West Ocean also stop over at this port.
An overlook of Jiming Temple, the ancient wall and Zifeng tower in the morning glow on July 28, 2015. Taken by Lu Yun.
There is an area named Longjiang on the east bank of the Yangtze River in the ancient city of Nanjing. In 1405, more than 100 large ships were finished building here and set sail in the river to the sea, which kicked off the grandiose achievement of Zheng He sailing the West Ocean.
The Relics of Yumen Pass in Dunhuang, taken by Wu Jian.
It was recorded that jade excavated from Hetian in Xinjiang were transported to Central China via the Yumen Pass, and this is how it got the name. The pass was only 24 meters by 26 meters, located in the town of Xiaofangpan in Dunhuang county. Bamboo books were also found there, one of which is inscribed with "Yumen Supervision", meaning this place might have been the passing gate in West Han Dynasty.
Visiting the Tablet of Contribution, taken in 1985, by Yang Enpu.
On the journey back to China front he second sail to the West Ocean, Zheng He stopped at Sri Lanka and made contributions to a Buddhist temple in a southern city. He then established a stone tablet there, which was called the Tablet of Contribution afterwords.
Porcelain Pieces on Wat Arun in Thailand, taken in 1985, by Ru Suichu.
Wat Arun, or Temple of the Dawn, located by the side of Menam River, is a national-level temple in Thailand to commemorate Zheng Xin, a Chinese descendent.
Ancient Muslim Tomb in Mambrui, taken in 1985, by Sun Yifu.
There is a Muslim tomb decorated with Chinese porcelain in Mambrui, Kenya, among some others in Africa. This custom of decorating tombs with porcelain used to be a fashion in the Arabian society. Chinese porcelain was not only noble dish ware, but also ornaments in prominent families.
Pottery Figure of Northern Man on Silk Road, exhibited in Datang Xishi Museum in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, on May 9, 2014. Taken by Li Mingfang.
Datang Xishi Museum, located in Xi'an, the starting point of the ancient Silk Road, is the first private museum in China that features the culture and trade along the Silk Road.
Grottos of Qiuci, taken in 2013, by Ren Shichen.
Qiuci used to be a boomtown along the ancient Silk Road, with highly developed religion, culture and business. Grotts in Qiuci was the first to be excavated among all Chinese Buddhist grottos, and was dubbed the second "Mogao Grottos of Dunhuang". It comprises of six grottos including Kezier, Kumutula, Senmusaiu and Kezigaha. Kezier Grotto is the earliest and and biggest among them.
Stone Forests of the Yellow River in Jingyuan, Gansu, taken in 2014, by Jiang Guanghui.
Jingyuan is located in central Gansu. It was first established a county-level administration in West Han Dynasty, and became an important city on the northern route of the Silk Road until Yuan Dynasty.