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Contributor: PR Newswire Asia (China)
Friday, October 28 2016 - 19:55
Denise Keller and Adventurer Liam Bates Discover What Defines China's Ancient Silk Road Today, on EXPEDITION X: SILK ROAD RISING
BEIJING, Oct. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

- Premiering on Discovery Channel this October -

For millennia, the Silk Road has been the economic conduit between the East and 
the West through which Empires were forged and ideas were exchanged, sometimes 
violently. How relevant is this ancient trade route in the 21st Century? And 
can we still find the very sparks that ignited the historical stories of epic 
conquest and risk-filled commerce along its dusty trail? Follow Denise Keller 
and adventurer Liam Bates on Discovery Channel's new series EXPEDITION X: SILK 
ROAD RISING, as they travel from China to Turkey along the ancient Silk Road 
and discover how a new generation of explorers, entrepreneurs and innovators is 
making it relevant again. EXPEDITION X: SILK ROAD RISING premieres on 29th 
October as part of the channel's HOUR CHINA programming block which features 
the best of China.

Denise Keller -- popular MTV VJ, TLC host, and explorer -- has unanswered 
questions about her heritage as German-Chinese and the relevance of her 
cross-cultural background in today's globalized world. Liam Bates is an 
adventurer seeking to decipher the mysteries of the Middle Kingdom and its 
impact on the world at large, especially the sometimes-forceful dialogues 
between Chinese civilization and the West over the ages. Converging on the 
cultural intersection between the civilizations, they embark on a personal 
quest together to discover just what defines the Silk Road today. 

Joined by young Chinese adventurers, Denise and Liam make their way across 
Xi'an, Ningxia, Turpan, Dunhuang, Kazakhstan and Istanbul, on this 13,000 km 
journey. They experience the historic grandeur of the Mogao Caves -- a UNESCO 
heritage site, check out the futuristic cities of Yinchuan in China and Astana 
in Kazakhstan, learn about the cutting edge rail systems that will make 
transport a breeze on the Silk Road, join a modern day convoy of adventurers in 
four-wheel drive vehicles, find out how China's 2000-year old Karez Canals are 
still in use today, and investigate how cultural exchange between the East and 
West is being kept alive in Istanbul.

SMART CHINA is produced by Discovery Channel in cooperation with the China 
Intercontinental Communication Center (CICC).
Source: Discovery Networks Asia Pacific