The Silk Road - China and the Karakorum Highway: A Travel by Jonathan Tucker,Paul Theroux

By Jonathan Tucker,Paul Theroux

Stretching from the traditional chinese language capital of Xian around the expanses of crucial Asia to Rome, the Silk street used to be, for 1,500 years, a colourful community of arteries that carried the lifeblood of countries the world over. alongside a large number of routes every little thing was once exchanged: unique items, paintings, wisdom, faith, philosophy, illness and conflict. From the East got here silk, useful stones, tea, jade, paper, porcelain, spices and cotton; from the West, horses, guns, wool and linen, aromatics, entertainers and unique animals. From its earliest beginnings within the days of Alexander the nice and the Han dynasty, the Silk street improved and developed, achieving its height throughout the Tang dynasty and the Byzantine Empire and steadily withering away with the decline of the Mongol Empire. during this fantastically illustrated publication, which covers the China element of the Silk highway - from Xian via Loulan, Korla, Turfan and Khotan to Kashgar and onwards to India - Jonathan Tucker makes use of visitors' anecdotes and a wealth of literary and old assets to have a good time the cultural background of the international locations that lie alongside the Silk street and remove darkness from the lives of these who as soon as travelled during the very center of the world.

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