At the heart of the gigantic Tarim river basin of China stretches the immense sandy desert of Taklamakan. For ten years a Franco-Chinese team has been excavating in this cold desert in search of buried cities. In October 2001, the expedition unearthed five remarkably well-preserved mummies. This quest for vanished cities takes us on a fabulous adventure, on the trail of a two thousand year old story, across the oases of the ancient Silk Road, which was a commercial caravan route along which Buddhism spread to China in the 1st century AD.
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