Epic Xinjiang history documentary debuts

By Zhang Rui
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A documentary series about the history of China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region made its debut on TV on Monday. It showcases an array of significant archaeological findings as a testimony that Xinjiang is an integral part of China, according to the producers speaking at a press conference in Beijing.

Producers make introduction of the documentary series "China's Xinjiang: Unforgettable History" at a press conference held in Beijing, Jan. 25, 2021. [Photo courtesy of CMG]

The eight-episode panoramic "China's Xinjiang: Unforgettable History" is being aired by China Central Television. Based on archaeological findings, the series traces the history of the region from the Qin Dynasty (221 B.C.-207 B.C.) to the founding of the People's Republic of China.

Four dimensions including local history, ethnic groups, religious evolution and cultural integration of Xinjiang, are showcased, according to executives of the China Media Group (CMG), a co-producer of the documentary. 

More than 50 renowned experts participated in the show, including many domestic and foreign historians, archaeologists, as well as international scholars researching the history of the region.

The crew of the documentary also filmed more than 200 national treasures including cultural relics and documents related to Xinjiang, and over 90 historical ruins and architectural structures in Xinjiang, as well as Beijing and provinces of Shaanxi, Gansu and Hebei. Some precious relics, including the latest archaeological discoveries in Yuli county of Xinjiang in 2019, are making their on-screen debut.

In order to photograph the former site of Jingjue, one of the 36 kingdoms in China's ancient western regions, the film crew went deep into the Niya ruins, a mysteriously abandoned ancient city known as the "Pompeii of the Silk Road," in the uninhabited area of the Taklimakan Desert in Kashgar.

This produced scenes that had never been shot before. In addition, the film crew also followed the ancient Silk Road to photograph the legendary Dahaidao Route area that was gradually abandoned after the Tang Dynasty (A.D.618- A.D.907). 

The producers said these archaeological discoveries could prove Xinjiang has been part of China since ancient times, a witness to the diversified nature of Chinese civilization and the co-existence of various religions all along, countering the twisted and confusing accounts and lies about Xinjiang's history trumped up by some anti-China individuals, groups and organizations.

A poster of "China's Xinjiang: Unforgettable History." [Photo courtesy of CMG]

During the filming and production process, the crew of the documentary series utilized various new technologies, approaches and concepts, including macro-shots, aerial shots, snorkel lens, and infrared photography to record a vivid land of Xinjiang.

Besides the documentary, an accompanying book will also be released.

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