In this superb photographic study, film-maker Peter Yung presents a breath-taking view of one of the most exotic areas of China: Xinjiang province, the westernmost region of the country. It was here, over 2,000 years ago, that the Silk Road first linked China to the outside world. Once the main thoroughfare for the exchange of goods, culture and art between China, the Middle East and Europe, it was also along this route that the great religions of Buddhism and later Islam were to enter China. Even today, Xinjiang is still a stronghold of Islam.
Yung has had the rare opportunity to travel extensively throughout Xinjiang and to penetrate some of its remotest landscape, dominated by vast expanses of desert and spectacular mountain ranges, but also the colorful lifestyles of its minorities' population. The province is home to over ten different tribes, as well as Han Chinese, and in a brief but fascinating text, he describes the rich history and customs of the Uygur people and the nomadic Kazak and Tajik.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press, USA|
|Product dimensions:||11.75(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.75(d)|
About the Author
About the author:
Peter Yung Wai-chuen, is a Hong Kong-based photographer and film-maker. He has directed both documentary and feature films and also held several exhibitions of his photographs.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Xinjiang, The Silk Road: Islam's Overland Route to China is a well-photographed almost-coffee-table sized book describing one of China's western provinces; the old “silk road” used to transport goods between “the west” and “the orient”. Author Yung shows his dedication to his passion of photography, with images of the scenery (natural and man-made) and the people (posed and natural). He's no slouch with the text, either, providing a short (approximately 50 pages with several illustrations and lots of white space) narrative explaining what he saw and learned on his journey to Xinjiang. Only complaint is that the text and the photographs almost seem like two separate books; there is quite a bit of repetitive information shared in the prose section and in the captions of the photos. (Then again, many people choose to simply look at the pictures in books like this, and never actually check out the words.) RATING: 4 stars.