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The Chinese Silk Road - Episode 1 - The Journey Begins


The Chinese Silk Road Episode 1 The Journey Begins

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The Silk Road was an ancient network of trade routes that connected the East and West. It was central to cultural interaction between the regions for many centuries.[1][2][3] The Silk Road refers to both the terrestrial and the maritime routes connecting East Asia and Southeast Asia with East Africa, West Asia and Southern Europe.

The Silk Road derives its name from the lucrative trade in silk carried out along its length, beginning in the Han dynasty (207 BCE–220 CE). The Han dynasty expanded the Central Asian section of the trade routes around 114 BCE through the missions and explorations of the Chinese imperial envoy Zhang Qian.[4] The Chinese took great interest in the safety of their trade products and extended the Great Wall of China to ensure the protection of the trade route.[5]

Trade on the Road played a significant role in the development of the civilizations of China, Korea,[6] Japan,[2] India, Iran, Afghanistan, Europe, the Horn of Africa and Arabia, opening long-distance political and economic relations between the civilizations.[7] Though silk was the major trade item exported from China, many other goods were traded, as well as religions, syncretic philosophies, sciences, and technologies. Diseases, most notably plague, also spread along the Silk Road.[8] In addition to economic trade, the Silk Road was a route for cultural trade among the civilizations along its network.[9]

Traders in ancient history included the Bactrians, Sogdians, Syrians, Jews, Arabs, Iranians, Turkmens, Chinese, Malays, Indians, Somalis, Greeks, Romans, Georgians, Armenians, and Azerbaijanis.

Travel in China E02 My Journey on the Silk Road 游走中国 第二集 我的丝路

This is the 2nd episode of the documentary series Travel in China 游走中国 is a travel documentary that retraces the route taken by ancient Chinese people. The film crew drove along the ancient Silk Road from Xi’an to Tianshui, Lanzhou, Zhangye, Dunhuang and the Jiayu Pass. During the Han Dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE), Zhang Qian expanded the Road for imperial envoys and thus contributed to a giant leap in relations between China and countries in Central Asia. The production team traveled thousands of miles through the provinces of Shanxi and Gansu as well as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, exploring the history of this ancient road and documenting its new look. This documentary examines a possible driving route for foreign visitors and serves as a promotional film for road trips in China.

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The chinese silk road (From Kashgar to Beijing)

Note: Only the introduction is in french. No comment are added after.
La route de la soie chinoise
Circuit Nouvelles-Frontières du 8 août 2014

Jour 1 : PARIS - PEKIN
Jour 2 : PEKIN
Jour 3 : PEKIN - URUMQI (2 900 km/4h10 de vol) - KASHGAR
Jour 4 : KASHGAR
Jour 14 : XIAHE
Jour 16 : XI’AN
Jour 17 : XI’AN - PEKIN
Jour 18 : PEKIN
Jour 19 : PEKIN - PARIS


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Journey on the Silk Road

Beacon tower, vintage caves, Gobi Desert. Join us for a visit to China's Dunhuang, a major hub on the ancient Silk Road.

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Today, silk is readily available in most parts of the world thanks to sea and air freight, but two thousand years ago it was carried from China into Central Asia and Europe by merchants travelling on camel caravans through inhospitable mountain and desert terrains. Megan McCormick travels along China’s section of the Silk Road trade route, exploring the country’s ancient past and dazzling future. What would have taken a camel around 6 months to travel, she is able to achieve in 14 days thanks to China’s modern airports, rail and bus routes.

Megan’s journey begins in Xi’an, which was China’s capital city before Beijing and where the Han dynasty Emperor Wudi ruled from when in 138BC he dispatched an explorer to bring back accounts of the West, forging the way for a commercial trade route.

Megan visits Xian’s most famous archaeological wonder, the Terracotta Warriors, and searches for original Silk Road treasures in the Muslim Market. Continuing northwest along the Silk Road, she reaches China’s Gansu Province and visits the oasis towns of Jiayuguan and Dunhuang. The spectacular Fort of Jiayuguan once marked the end of civilized China and the beginning of barbarian lands for those travelling West into the Gobi desert and beyond.

Taking a camel ride across Dunhuang’s sand dunes Megan has newfound respect for traders making that same journey 2000 years ago. Making her way into the province of Xinjiang, the semi-autonomous region of the Uyghur people, Megan stays with a local Uighur family in Turpan, digs for jade in Khotan and visits the famous livestock market in Kashgar.

From here, Megan heads towards China’s Western border ending her journey in the stunning Pamir Mountains. Along the way she drinks yak milk tea with a Kyrgyz tribe who show off their infamous horsemanship in a rodeo-style game of ‘Chase the Skin’.

Ethnically, culturally and architecturally, Xinjiang is very different to Central China and feels like in a different country. But like the rest of China, Xinjiang is being modernised. The dusty streets are being swept up and built on, donkeys and carts are being replaced by electric mopeds and mud-brick houses sit happily alongside new 5-star hotels.

But the cities are no less charming for it and between the well-kept park areas filled with smiling locals dancing and exercising, the marketplaces abuzz with trade and the food venues from night markets to air-conditioned restaurants, China’s modern Silk Road experience is as remarkable as it surely would have been thousands of years ago.

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In this episode of Globe Trekker Round the World, Holly Morris travels one of the most exotic highways in the world, the ancient Silk Road, across Central Asia from the border of China to the edge of Europe.

Holly starts her journey in the spectacular, mountainous country of Kyrgyzstan, participating in a traditional horse-riding festival. Kyrgyz horses are famous throughout the region, and have been for well over a thousand years. In fact, it was the ancient Chinese Emperors’ urgent desire to get their hands on these enormous, strong, agile horses that first opened up the Silk Road 2000 years ago.

From Kyrgyzstan, Holly travels to the capital of Uzbekistan, Tashkent, before catching the train to the ancient Silk Road city of Samarkand. Holly visits many of its exquisite buildings, which survive intact from its heyday in the 14th and 15th centuries, before travelling on to the nearby city of Bukhara. One of the best preserved ancient cities anywhere along the Silk Road, its caravanserais, bazaars, mosques, minarets, and carpet shops all still vividly retain the atmosphere of the Silk Road.

From Bukhara Holly crosses remote desert to visit the little known country of Turkmenistan and the rarely seen ruins of ancient Merv, once one of the greatest cities in the Islamic world, rivalling Baghdad, Damascus, and Cairo.

Crossing the Caspian Sea to oil-rich Azerbaijan, Holly explores Baku, one of the world’s fastest developing cities, before catching the train to Tbilisi in Georgia. Devoutly Christian, Georgia has been the fragile eastern-most outpost of Christendom for centuries, a kind of borderland between east and west along the old Silk Road. Holly visits a beautiful ancient monastery, where the monks have been making excellent wine for well over 1000 years!

From Tbilisi, Holly heads on to Konya in Turkey, capital of the ancient Seljuk Empire in the 12th and 13th centuries. From here a chain of caravanserai were built for Silk Road traders to stay in as they crossed the country.

So far, Holly has sped across Central Asia in a whirlwind of planes, trains and buses, but now she slows down to the ancient Silk Road pace, travelling in a camel caravan, before eventually arriving at her final destination, Istanbul, terminus of the Silk Road in Asia, and gateway to Europe beyond.

Cycling the Silk Road | Beijing to Tehran

William Hsu and Charles Stevens cycling the Silk Road from Beijing to Tehran along the old Silk Road.

We cycled supported through China, Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran over 4 months, covering 10,000km by bike.

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The Silk Road (HD1080p)

*** The Silk Road was a network of trade routes organized from the Chinese silk business since the 1st century BC. C., which extended throughout the Asian continent, connecting China with Mongolia, the Indian subcontinent, Persia, Arabia, Syria, Turkey, Europe and Africa. Silk Road is understood as the route that in ancient times united the empires Roman and Chinese, the path by which the silks of the Orient came to adorn the bodies of the elegant Roman ladies. ***

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The Silk Road is the world's oldest, and most historically important overland trade route. For over 2000 years, traders and merchants travelled the deserts of central Asia exchanging goods between the Chinese empire and the rest of the world. As a result, the oases of the desert sprang up into dynamic cities. A vast network of interconnected caravan routes that stretched for over 6,500 klm enabled the exchange of products and ideas between China and the rest of the world. The Silk Road began around 329 BCE, when Alexander the Great conquered the entire known world and promoted trade to the east and got its name from the lucrative Chinese silk trade along it. Though silk was certainly the major trade item from China, many other goods were traded, and various technologies, religions and philosophies. The great story of the Silk Road is that Buddhism travelled on it, from India.
The dry climate has preserved many ruins, while many ethnic groups make their home in this part of China. The Ancient Silk Road started at Xian and then it reached Dunhuang, where it divided into three, the Southern, Central and the Northern Route. The pictures in this video start in Xian and cover the northern route. Xian is one of the oldest cities of China with more than 3,100 years of history. It is home to the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. The terracotta warriors, is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210--209 BC and whose purpose was to protect him in his afterlife. Lanzhou is the next stop. 100km SE on the Yellow River, are the Bingling Temple Caves. The first begun around 420 CE at the end of the Western Jin Dynasty. Work continued and more grottoes were added during the Wei, Sui, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties. Their inaccessibility spared them from destruction during the Cultural Revolution, while an 80-foot Buddha is carved into the cliff. Dunhuang is located between the Taklamakan desert and Gobi desert. Taklamakan is the world's second largest shifting sand desert after Sahara. The Mogao caves, also called Thousand Buddha caves (the first was carved in 366AD) have the best Buddhist murals in the world. In Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous region, China's largest province with only 20 million inhabitants, we visit Turpan, Urumqi and Kashgar. Turpan's, Flaming Mountains, the hottest place in China, overshadow the cradle of the Turpan ancient civilization and oasis agriculture. Here we see the Gaochang city ruins, the former Uyghur capital (1st c BC) and the ancient Buddhist city of GaoHe Kerez (2nd c. BC). Urumqi is the capital of Xinjiang and once an important station on the Silk Road, famous for being a major city furthest from any ocean. Kashgar, or Kashi, is a city with a history of more than 2,000 years. It was historically considered as the gateway and hub for the transfer of goods from China to Central Asia and Europe along the ancient Silk Road. Kashgar preserves the most complete Uygur culture, art and architecture and is famous for its bazaar and animal market. Starting in Beijing, The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, to protect the Chinese Empire against the enemies, while its border controls allowed the imposition of duties of goods transported along the Silk Road. The entire wall with all its branches measure 21,000 klm. Several walls were being built as early as the 7th century BC. Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China. The city's history dates back three millennia. As the last of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, Beijing has been the political center of the country and is renowned for its palaces, temples, gardens, tombs, walls gates and art treasures.
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Silk Road Journey in China (Xining)




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In the celebration of Eid Adha, an annual Islamic celebration, I have the opportunity to actually have a week off from work. I had decided to visit two of Silk Road cities, Lanzhou and Xining. The Silk Road is the world's oldest, and most historically important overland trade route. I am discovering those two cities through food, natural sceneries, and of course the people itself.

In this video, I took you along with me taking high speed train from Lanzhou to Xining. Xining is the capital of Qinghai province in western China, and the largest city on the Tibetan Plateau. It's known for the Xining Dongguan Grand Mosque, blending Chinese and Islamic styles, and the Tulou Temple, built into mountainside caves.

The Silk Road or Silk Route was an ancient network of trade routes that were for centuries central to cultural interaction originally through regions of Eurasia connecting the East and West and stretching from the Korean peninsula and Japan to the Mediterranean Sea. The Silk Road concept refers to both the terrestrial and the maritime routes connecting Asia and Europe.

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I am Anissa Syifa Adriana, otherwise known as Syifa. I am a conversation connoisseur, Indonesian female solo traveler and make-up enthusiast. I started traveling in June 2014, a coincidence trip, where it was intended for someone I was very close to in the past. I never regret deciding to go because after that, I never look back. I am currently on my long-term trip since August 2016, and moved to China for an English teaching job since January 2017. I am currently living in Yinchuan, Northwest China and have been loving it.

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This is a bunch of pictures/paintings from and about the Silk Road and its environs. The photo montage is set to the excellent soundtrack by Simon Boswell to Richard Stanley's The Voice of the Moon.

Xi'an: Our epic adventure along the Silk Road!

This is the first full episode of my (road)trip along the Silk Road. In this series I travel from Xi'an to Urumqi and on the way I stop in several places that once were part of the ancient Silk Road.

In this episode we are in Xi'an, the original beginning point of the Silk Road. We visit the Goose Pagoda, learn more about the history of Xi'an in the Shaanxi History Museum, walk over the old city wall, and we end the evening at the opera. Quite a full day!

I would love to hear from you in the comments; have you been to Xi'an? Did you visit any of the places I went to? Let me know!

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Silk Road Journey in China (Xi'an)


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Xi'an is one of the oldest cities in China, it served as China's capital for more than 1100 years. I have always been dreaming of visiting Xi'an since 2015 due to its silk road history. In fact, I had a flight ticket back then however due to insufficient funding, I had to ditch the ticket.
During the time of this video recording, it was the last day of 2017. With the excitement of a new year coming, I spent the whole day visiting major and touristy places in Xi'an, located in the same area of the Old Quarter of Xi'an.

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2. Bell Tower of Xi'an

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Hi there!

I am Anissa Syifa Adriana, otherwise known as Syifa. I am a conversation connoisseur, Indonesian female solo traveler and make-up enthusiast. I started my first solo traveling in June 2014, a coincidence trip, where it was intended for someone I was very close to in the past. I never regret deciding to go because after that, I never look back.

I decided to leave Indonesia since August 2016, to do a long-term traveling. After being on the road for about 5 months, in January 2017 I was offered to teach English in Yinchuan, Northwest China. Instead of going back home, at that time I went straight to China from Vietnam carrying only the remaining USD 300 that I had in my bank account. Arrived in China for the first time, everything felt so intimidating and foreign at the same time. Since then, I am based in Yinchuan, Northwest China and have been loving it.

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Spirit of the Silk Road - A Journey to Restart | CCTV English

In 138 B.C., Zhang Qian, a great explorer from the Western Han Dynasty, set out from Xi'an and opened up the Silk Road eulogized for thousands of years;At the beginning of the 15th century, Zheng He, a famous Chinese navigator, set out from Liujiagang in Taicang and made seven ocean voyages, leaving an eternal story...

Times have changed,but the prosperity countless ships in the sea still remains. This treasure ship and friendship opens up the main artery, still sharing win-win and prosperity. #BeltandRoad

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Silk Road Trip and journey (part one)

Travelling along the silk road on this epic trip! This part of the journey takes me through Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, classic silk road!
Moving though Astana, Almaty, Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva

The first two countries provide an interesting contrast between the new oil rich progressive Kazakhstan and the historically memerising Uzbekistan. A trip of a lifetime!

Quick music montage showing part one of my silk road trip.
I travelled solo through Kazakhstan then joined up with a tour from Dragoman. A great overland company.

Sights include: Khan Shatyr, Sharyn Canyon, Almaty Green Market, Guri Ami Mausoleum, Register, Shhr-I-Zindar, Bukhara craftsmen, cooking of a Plov (lamb), Kyzylkhum Desert near the town of Nurata


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