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 two part——Meet
Urumqi, Xinjiang, China
2010, by Cao Junzhu
The ancient Silk Road began from Xi'an (historically named Chang'an), Shaanxi Province, through the Hexi Corridor, passing the Yumen Pass and the Yang Pass to reach Xinjiang. It continued westward passing oasis and the Pamirs, through Central Asia, West Asia and North Africa to finally get to Rome in Europe.
Canyons on the Silk Road
Nanyin Operahouse in Fuziquan Teahouse at Wenmiao Temple, taken in Quanzhou, Fujian, China, in May 2014, by Shen Bohan.
Nanyin, alias Nanguan, is an opera sung in Southern Fujian dialect. It was dubbed the "living fossil in China's music history". During the height of the Maritime Silk Road in Song and Yuan dynasties, Nanyin was brought to Southeast Asia and even Europe and America with the migration of the Chinese.
Praying on the Full Moon, taken in Pagan, Myanmar in December 2011 by Du Xu
Myanmar used to be a trade hub on the Silk Road. The southwestern route of the Silk Road, formed during the Han Dynasty more than 2000 years ago, was a business and cultural exchanges corridor hidden in the mountains and forests. It used to be the earliest bridge for China-India communication.
Dinner in Ramadan, taken in Jisha, Xinjiang, China in September 2009 by Bai Tao.
It's said that Islam was brought to China in the mid-7th Century from West Asia through the Silk Road and the Maritime Silk Road.
Children in Class, taken in Water Village, Seri Begawan, Brunei in January 2014, by Lao Guanhua.
Brunei established connections with China as early as more than 2000 years ago through the Maritime Silk Road. During the 14th and 15th centuries, bilateral relations reached a height, when Zheng He's fleet visited Brunei five times.
Ancient Residence in Zhangjiao, Tuling, taken in Quanzhou, Fujian, China, in December 2013, by Lin Jianxiang.
The ancient Maritime Silk Road used to be a route of economic and cultural exchanges between China and the rest of the world across the oceans, otherwise called Maritime China Road. Quanzhou was the starting point of the Maritime Silk Road.
Donation, taken in Luang Praban, Laos, in February 2014, by Peng Huan.
Laos is an important stop on the southern route of the Silk Road. The southern route of the Silk Road was an international route for southwestern Chinese regions including Sichuan and Yunnan provinces to connect with Myanmar and India and reach Southeast Asia, West Asia and Europe. It's another major route for trade and cultural exchanges along with the northwestern route of Silk Road and the Maritime Silk Road.