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Map of Silk Road, China


For two thousand years the Silk Road was a thoroughfare for the transmission of merchandise, knowledge and religions. It started from Changan (the present Xian), crossed Western Asia and reached Africa and Europe, connecting ancient China to the Roman Empire in the Western world. In the late 1800s a German geologist Richthofen named the route Silk Road, reflecting its primary use at the time. With centuries of development the Silk Road, exemplifying exchanges between civilizations and natural sights, has attracted countless visitors.


 Route of the Silk Road

The Silk Road traverses Eurasia, its many deserts, including the Gobi, and its snow-covered mountains. In ancient times, people had to travel with caravans and escorts to ensure their security. Fortunately there were oasis and towns providing temporary shelters.

Stretching about 7,000 km (4,350 miles) totally and 4,000 km (2,486 miles) in China, this intercontinental passageway started from the ancient capital of the Western Han Dynasty, along the Hexi Corridor in present Gansu Province, passed through Dunhuang, Yumenguan and Yangguan, and led the way to the 'western region' (near today's Xinjiang). The flourishing Loulan area had been the connection point for two branches. One way running north across Korla, Kucha, Aksu, Kashgar, Parmir, central Asia, and Iran, reached the eastern Roman Empire (Alexandria in Egypt) The other branch extending to the south along the north of the Kunlun Range, traversed Charkhlik, Cherchen, Hetian, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, to the Persian Gulf.

In its history the Silk Road route varied. With the alterations of geographical, political, and religious conditions, new passages were developed; some altered and some abandoned.

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  • Replyanonymouse
    11/7/2008 7:30:00 AM

    ugh i cant find a good 3d map of this i need it for geomitry

    • Yo mama ( British Indian Ocean Territory ) :12/9/2012 2:12:00 PM

      wait, what? I'm interested. What do you need a 3d map for?

    • jorden :4/19/2016 1:56:00 PM

      you might search on google maps.

  • ReplyJorden (KANSAS CITY)
    4/19/2016 1:55:00 PM

    The silk road is named because it sold a whole bunch of silk. The Silk Road is a trade route that went from china to eastern europe.

  • Replyanonymouse
    8/26/2008 9:25:00 AM

    ughhh it looks complicated

    • Jerry Jill :1/24/2012 1:12:00 PM

      I need a map that is older of the silk road. Asn't Afgahnastan bigger? and there was no Iran?

  • ReplyColonel Edmund J. Burke,   United States
    12/7/2008 4:40:00 PM

    Kids, stay in school, or you'll end up as dumb as anonymouse.

    • Steven J Burke LT ( New Zealand ) :11/15/2010 8:50:00 PM

      Greeting Colonel as i was trawling thru the massive amounts of Silk Road material, as thats going to be my next adventure , i saw you name on a reply on some blog thingy here and was moved to reply, only because of your name. Its a very famous name from a very famous person from the annuals of history, so greetings cousin? hope things are well in your house. My name is steven J Burke from Christchurch New Zealand