Major China TV Channel to Air Documentary Series on Kazakh Culture

ASTANA – China’s main broadcaster, China Central TV6, has completed a documentary about Kazakhstan, the China Movie Channel reported.

a787fc428e034b61ebe51f6ffcc331cbThe five twenty-minute episodes will unveil Kazakh cuisine, clothing and folk games. Chinese journalist Nina Wang, who has travelled to more than 40 countries, will tell the story of the nation’s lifestyle as well as cook and eat Kazakh national dishes like beshbarmak (horse meat and wide noodles) and kumys (fermented horse milk). Wang also tried on national dresses like the saukele, the traditional embroidered headdress of Kazakh women, and galloped into the steppe on a horse.

The Chinese filmmakers were particularly interested in historical Kazakhstan, especially the places that lie along the Silk Road and mark the thousand years of contact and shared history between the two countries.

The film crew travelled to Semey to shoot at the Zhidebai complex, the home of the famous Kazakh poet, philosopher and composer Abai Kunabayev, and the Yenlik-Kebek mausoleum. Then they crossed the country to Shymkent, in southern Kazakhstan, to document the beauty of the Adam and Eve mount, the four metre tall mountain split in half by a narrow path, where supposedly only the innocent can fit. They also visited the Ak Bora spring. The crew also stopped by historical sites, including Sauran, Turkestan, Otyrar and Taraz to shoot the Tamgaly Tas petroglyph site and the Aisha Bibi and Kara Khan mausoleums, then continued to the Kapshagai reserve and to Almaty to film the Charyn Canyon.

CCTV reaches audiences of approximately 800 million with programmes like its annual Chinese New Year broadcast.

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