‘The Silk Road: Past, Present, Future’ will uncover how the cultural traditions and commercial trading synonymous with this iconic route between East and West are playing into the innovations and developments of today.
Each month, CNN International correspondent Sumnima Udas will visit a different country along The Silk Road uncovering remarkable stories of innovation, culture and business. The format of the 30-minute show will combine the modern world with intelligent historical context that brings the region alive with colour, culture and a history of doing business.
Our final voyage begins in Venice, the birthplace of merchants like Marco Polo, whose exotic tales from the east strengthened trade all those centuries ago.
‘Silk Road: Past, Present, Future’ continues its 9-month journey along the old caravan routes between China and Italy, exploring Armenia and Georgia on a road trip through the remote Caucasus Mountains.
In Dubai, Sumnima Udas discovers the burgeoning uses of commercial drones and unmanned robotics. They aren't just for hobbyists anymore. We explore the expanding business applications for drones -- from inspecting power stations to collecting mapping data in remote desert areas. And also see how start-ups are developing the use of robots for big business.
This month, ’Silk Road: Past, Present, Future’ continues its 8,000 kilometre journey across the old silk routes, traveling west from China, across remote deserts and snow-topped mountains, to explore the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan.
In this episode, Udas will explore modern-day silk production in the Hangzhou province, speak to China’s largest e-commerce company Alibaba about the internet being the world’s newest “Silk Road”, and see how the city of Xi’an is renovating Silk Road sites to boost tourism along the ancient route.