Take a Journey

Take a journey across Asia and discover the secrets and wonders of the greatest trade route of ancient times.

Xian

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Xian

The Silk Road begins in the massive Xi'an, capital of China's Tang Empire.

Turfan

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Turfan

After months spent baking under the blazing sun, the caravan has reached Turfan. At last, here is a lush oasis refuge from the harsh Taklimakan Desert of Central Asia.

Samarkand

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Samarkand

As the caravan approaches the fabled city of Samarkand, the gates swing open. Are you seeking the finest silk brocade? A sable coat, a packet of fragrant musk or a smooth roll of cream-colored paper?

Baghdad

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Baghdad

The journey along the Silk Road has taken you thousands of miles from the imperial city of Xi'an, China. At last, here is its western rival: Baghdad, capital of the Islamic world.

Sea Routes

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Sea Routes

While caravan merchants of the Silk Road risked their worldly assets transporting goods over mountains and deserts, other traders placed their bets on the sea.