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Silk Road Travel Guide
The Silk Road is the world"s most ancient commercial artery, and it ran across most of the countries of the known world.
The Silk Road is a great East to West trade route and vehicle for cross-culture exchange started in the second century BC. It was first traveled by the adventure of Zhang Qian started the journey to the far West for the political contact with Yuezhi, a nomadic tribe, in 138 BC. But, it was only in 1870s that the geographer, Ferdinand von Richthofen gave the name by which we now know as the Silk Road.
The Silk Road, most important premodern trade route linking China, Central Asia, Persia and western Asia, and Europe. A 19th-century German scholar named the network of trails the Silk Road for the precious Chinese cloth that was originally the most valuable and abundant commodity transported on it. Although historians traditionally date the origin of the Silk Road to the 2nd century bc, a trickle of goods—principally jades, bronzes, and silks—was conveyed across Central Asia as early as about 1000 bc. Commerce persisted on the Silk Road until ocean-borne trade surpassed and superseded trade on the land route in the late 15th and early 16th centuries ad.
Scenery along the Silk Road: Xian,Lanzhou,Wuwei,Zhangye,Jiayuguan Pass,Dunhuang,Yangguan Pass,Hami,Turpan,Urumqi,Loulan,Korla,Kuqa (Kucha),Aksu,Kashgar (Kashi),Hotan