The Silk Road was an ancient network of trade routes, formally established during the Han Dynasty of China, which linked the regions of the ancient world in commerce. The European explorer Marco Polo
(1254-1324) traveled on these routes and described them in depth in his famous work but he is not credited with naming them. This network of roads were coined by the German geographer and traveler, Ferdinand von Richthofen, in 1877, who designated them Seidenstrasse (silk road).
29th July 2014
Halfway across the Taklamakan Desert heading for Turpan. Long drive days 10 – 12 hours with temperatures nearly up in the forties centigrade. 🙂 Turpan is China’s Death Valley. At…
23rd July 2014
The Yungang Grottoes are ancient Chinese Buddhist temple grottoes near the city of Datong in the province of Shanxi. They are an outstanding example of the Chinese stone carvings from…
27th June 2014
Torugart Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3,752 m located in the Tian Shan mountain range on the border between the Naryn Province of Kyrgyzstan and…
26th June 2014
For more than a thousand years, Kashgar was a key city along the Silk Road, the 7,000-mile trade route that connected China’s Yellow River Valley with India and the Mediterranean….
24th June 2014
Leaving Song Kul we make our way back over the mountains heading southwards towards the Chinese border. For our final night in Kyrgyzstan we are staying in yurts at Tash…
23rd June 2014
Spectacular scenery as we cross the Kalmak Ashu pass, 3.400 meters. Due to its high elevation, Kalmak Ashu Pass is only open from about June to October as it’s covered…
22nd June 2014
Camping in Altyn Arashan a valley and mountain resort near Karakol and Issyk Kul Lake. It lies along the trekking route from Teploklyuchenka. Much of the area is a botanical…
17th June 2014
Been bush camping for the last three days, lovely smell :-), after crossing the border into Kyrgyzstan. Temperature around 38°C. Spectacular scenery, it’s a pity the Odyssey crew don’t stop…
12th June 2014
The Silk Factory at Margilan just outside Fergana. First time I’ve seen them spin and weave silk, interesting. The silkworms are fed with fresh mulberry leaves until the worms spin…
8th June 2014
Samarkand second largest city in Uzbekistan known for its mosques and mausoleums. It’s located on the Silk Road, the ancient trade route linking China to the Mediterranean. Prominent landmarks include…
6th June 2014
Theatre seems to have emerged in Central Asia in the 4th century BC, and was known as Maskara, in which performers wore masks. Puppet performances are recorded from the 1st…
6th June 2014
The 15th century city of Bukhara was a major trading center for silk and spices. Today it is the backdrop for the annual Silk to Spice Festival. A three day…
5th June 2014
Situated on the Silk Route, Bukhara is more than 2,000 years old. It is the most complete example of a medieval city in Central Asia and another World Heritage Site….
3rd June 2014
Our first stop in Uzbekistan, Khiva. Ichan Kala is the walled inner town of the city of Khiva. The old town retains more than 50 historic monuments and 250 old houses,…
1st June 2014
Travelling north now through the Karakum Desert on our way out of Turkmenistan. 120 miles from the opulence of Ashgabat is the village of Erbent. In 2004 President Niyazov commented…
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