The Silk Road

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Map of The Silk Road

Who coined the term?

Because silk was the major trade product which travelled on this road, it was named the Silk Road in 1877 by Ferdinand von Richthofen – a well-known German geographer.

What is the Silk Road?

The Silk Road was actually a network of trading routes rather than one long road. Its roots stretch as far back as 207 BC, when silk was first produced in China and transported for trade. It eventually grew to link Asia, the Middle East and Europe, branching off into the Indian Subcontinent and Russia.

Whare is The Silk Road?

Stretching all the way from China to the Mediterranean, the Silk Road is a historic and cultural wonder. Caravans laden with, amongst many other things, gold, ivory, spices, furs, jade, exotic animals and of course, silk.

Goods trundled along the vast network of trade routes that made up the road for nearly two millennia. Not only were goods transported on the route but it also acted as a conduit that brought cultures and ideas together. Islam and Buddhism reached China thanks to the Silk Road. It also facilitated the spread of Persian, Greek, Roman, Indian, Arabian and Chinese influences around the world.

On a less positive note, The Silk Road is now thought to have allowed the spread of deseases. Specifically, Bubonic Plague which spread across Europe in the 14th century.

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Arches of mausoleum in Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Where can you travel from?

Travel by road or by rail and discover the Silk Road’s hidden gems, from crumbling caravanserais and magnificent Madrasahs to jagged mountain peaks and vast timeless deserts.

Holidays exploring The Silk Road are exciting and exhilarating but not relaxing affairs. There are long distances between attractions and the terrain can be rough.

There are many tour operators offering guided holidays.

My friend Liz travelled with Mercury Holidays (www.mercuryholidays.co.uk) for a less expensive option. Guests of ours have recommended Audley Travel (www.audleytravel.com) Wendy Wu www.wenedywutours.co.uk and Exodus (www.exodus.co.uk )

Recommended further reading –

The Silk Road – A New History of The World by Peter Francopan

Shadow of The Silk Road by Colin Thrubron

A Short Walk in The Hindu Kush by Eric Newby

 

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Terracotta Army

Travel by road or by rail and discover the Silk Road’s hidden gems. Discover crumbling caravanserais and magnificent Madrasahs to jagged mountain peaks and vast shimmering deserts.

Holidays exploring The Silk Road are exciting and exhilarating but not relaxing affairs. There are long distances between attractions and the terrain can be rough.

There are many tour operators offering guided holidays.

My friend Liz travelled with Mercury Holidays (www.mercuryholidays.co.uk) for a less expensive option. Guests of ours have recommended Audley Travel (www.audleytravel.com) Wendy Wu www.wenedywutours.co.uk and Exodus (www.exodus.co.uk )

Recommended further reading –

The Silk Road – A New History of The World by Peter Francopan

Shadow of The Silk Road by Colin Thrubron

A Short Walk in The Hindu Kush by Eric Newby

 

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