Retrace the Silk Road
Silk Road, a route to connect the east and the west from ancient times...
The Silk Road, also called the Silk Way or Silk Route, has got its name from the lucrative silk trade in ancient China. Despite the name of Silk Road, it was not a route that existed only for the purpose of trading in silk. Many other commodities like gold, ivories, plant seeds, wine, carpets, jewels and even pepper were also transported through this important way. Of all the precious goods crossing this area, silk was perhaps the most remarkable for the people of the West because they realized that it could not be produced by them. Sprung up in the Han Dynasty, the Silk Road has performed as a historic international channel for the spread of knowledge, ideas and cultures for almost 3,000 years that firmly connected East, South, and Western Asia with the Mediterranean and European world, as well as parts of North and East Africa. The land routes were supplemented by sea routes which extended from the Red Sea to East Africa, India, China, and Southeast Asia. Extending for 6,500 kilometers (4000 miles), the Silk Road not only enabled traders to transport goods, slaves and luxuries which helped lay the foundations for the modern world, but also owned the most wonderful desert scenery as well as ethnic customs.
Globally people take the Silk Road as starting in Chang'an (today's Xi'an City) and ending in Rome. Within China's boundary, there are three overland branches as the following. The northern route via Tianshan Mountain in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Prefecture begins at Chang'an, passing through Dunhuang, Hami, Urumqi and Ili to the destination Rome. While the other northern route not crossing over Tianshan Mountain goes from Xi'an, Dunhuang, Hami, Turpan, Korla, Kuqa, Aksu, Kashgar, Pamirs Plateau to Central Asia. The southern route of Silk Road starts also from Chang’an, and then crosses over Kroraina (Loulan Ancient City), Niya, Hotan, Kashgar, Pamirs Plateau to Central Asia. Traveling along the Silk Road, to follow the footprint of Marco Polo and search for spiritual freedom...
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Linking the scattered oasises in the desert, the Silk Road witnessed the harsh struggle between natural and human beings. There is a lot to see around the vast desert, Taklimakan, mostly in the form of damaged grottos and ruined cities. Whilst some tourists are drawn by the archaeology, others are attracted by the minority peoples. With thirteen different races of minority people in the region, the Silk Road is also a nationality corridor that integrates several distinctive cultures with the shining history.