|Imagine 1,000 camels trekking 5,000 miles from China to Turkey
across treacherous deserts and through the wildest, most desolate mountain terrains.
Such were the world's earliest international overland trade routes,
an unimaginable network of rudimentary, difficult trails built over 2,000 years ago.
"The Silk Road" was coined in the 1800's by a German traveler.
It was the ultimate expression of man's curiosity, the search for money
and the connector of remote civilizations. On the backs of the Bactrian Camels were carried
500 pounds of silk, exotic clothing, spices , strange tasty foods, medicines, medical cures,
jade and exquisite furniture. They could endure 40 miles a day.
It was a moving bazaar back and forth across the continents.
East met West and the world was changed forever.
There was also an exchange of political and religious philosophies:
among them, Buddhism was brought from India to China before the birth of Christ.
Come Along!! Bill has travelled the entire Silk Road Journey. Be amazed and informed!
|Camel Boy in China
|Terra Cotta Warriors in Xian
|Giant Buddha Statue
|Mountain Tribals in Pakistan
|The Marvels of Samarkand, Uzbekistan
|5 Children on the Road