John Pilkington: 'China by the Back Door' - Hythe Library - Friday 23rd September 2022


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John Pilkington: 'China by the Back Door'

Friday 23rd September 2022


Hythe Library

Starting in the legendary city of Samarkand, John crossed the Afghan Pamirs to Kyrgyzstan’s old silk-producing heartland. On his 1987 trip, guards shooed him away from the Chinese border, but in 2011 he made it through to Kashgar, and explored the previously off-limits Taklamakan Desert.

We’ll have a quick look at the Jiayuguan gate on the Great Wall, before finishing in Ürümqi which has been transformed from sprawling hovels into a modern Chinese city. These are the lands of the Uyghur people, whose lives and culture have been torn apart in the decades since his first visit.

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