TRAVELLING SOLO THROUGH THE SILK ROAD - Three months ago, I took a 2.5 month trip through the Silk Road, a ancient network of trade routes, starting from China, I went through Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and finally Turkmenistan and it was honestly the most unforgettable trip I have ever had traveling. The rawness of the hospitality and kindness was beyond any words that I can describe. By Sophia Kim for WeAreTravelGirls.com
Samarkand is truly a jewel of the ancient and modern Silk Road. There is the exquisite jade mausoleum of Gur-i-Emir, the resting place of Tamerlane. Perhaps the greatest treasure is Registan Square, Tamerlane's outstanding creation, a vast complex of domes and minarets, mosques and medrassas. There is the equally beautiful necropolis of Shah-i-Zinda and the old observatory of Uleg Beg, the greatest Muslim astronomer. posted by www.futons-direct.co.uk
Turpan, China 1999 (by whitecat sg on Flickr). This is EXACTLY how I envisioned the ruins of The Lost City of Oralam, to the far east of Fendellin amongst the Red Desert. Home of the tragic figure of Hal'Torren. (Hal'Torren's choice)
The Silk Road - At the Christian Dior Haute Couture spring 2009 show in Paris, John Galliano’s lining on a cream silk ball gown (worn by model Fei Fei Sun) referenced the designer’s fascination with blue-and-white porcelain. Fashion Editor: Grace Coddington
SILK ROAD: It was very rare that caravans traveled for the whole distance since the trade system functioned as a chain. Gold, jade, tea and spices. Vector for the diffusion of ideas and religions (initially Buddhism and then Islam). The Silk Road reached its peak during the Mongolian Empire (13th century) notably after the voyages of Marco Polo (1271-1292).
Why China’s $1 tr. Silk Road plan is being greeted coolly - https://www.deviantworld.com/world/economy/chinas-1-trillion-new-silk-road-plan-greeted-coolly-west/