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Silk Road Monuments - Xi'an

Hui Chin and I spent a few very memorable days in Xi'an.

We've visited most of the attractionsin and around Xi'an, some of them by conducted tours some of them individually.

We asked a few people, how we can get to the Silk Road Monuments.

After some difficulty and confusion, we managed to get on the right bus and the right place to have a look at and take some photos of these monuments.

Story has it that Xi'an have been famous for it's silk making for some considarable time and the Silk Road traders came to Xi'an for silk and left Xi'an with silk, following the Silk Roads, there are more than one route of course.

Silk Road
Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Silk Road extending from Southern Europe through Arabia, Egypt, Persia, India till it reaches China.

The Silk Road, or Silk Route, is a series of trade and cultural transmission routes that were central to cultural interaction through regions of the Asian continent connecting East and West by linking traders, merchants, pilgrims, monks, soldiers, nomads and urban dwellers from China to the Mediterranean Sea during various periods of time.

Another view of the Silk Road is as a trading connection between Chang'an (today's Xi'an) in China, with Asia Minor and the Mediterranean extending over 8,000 km (5,000 miles) on land and sea. Trade on the Silk Road was a significant factor in the development of the great civilizations of China, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, Indian subcontinent, and Rome, and helped to lay the foundations for the modern world.
The first person who used the term "Seidenstraße" or "Silk Road" was the German geographer Ferdinand von Richthofen in 1877.

The first major step in opening the Silk Road between the East and the West came with the expansion of Alexander the Great's empire into Central Asia.
In August 329 BC, at the mouth of the Fergana Valley in Tajikistan he founded the city of Alexandria Eschate or "Alexandria The Furthest".
This later became a major staging point on the northern Silk Route.


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