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Transcript of Zhang Qian
Alex Moreno Zhang Qian and the Silk Roads Who was Zhang Qian? Why did Zhang Qian travel the Silk Roads, and what places did he visit? What obstacles did he face in his travels? How long did Zhang Qian’s trip take? What did he bring back with him? Zhang Qian was a Chinese army officer that had been sent by the emperor of the Han dynasty to investigate and bring back information about a nomadic tribe which the emperor wanted to form an alliance with. Zhang Qian traveled the Silk Roads to the western communities to act as a diplomat. He wanted to persuade the people of the Da Yuezhi to form an alliance with the Han dynasty so they could both fight the Huns together. During his trip Zhang Qian visited 36 western states and crossed deserts and snow covered Pamirs. During his trip Zhang Qian faced many obstacles. Him and his people were captured by the Huns and held captive for 10 years. After they finally managed to escape they had difficulties getting across the Gobi desert. After a lot of travel he finally reached the Da Yuezhi but they didn't want to make an alliance with the Han dynasty. So after all his troubles Zhang Qian ended up failing his mission anyways. As he was returning home he was captured by the Huns but after a year of captivity he managed to escape again. Zhang Qian's first trip to the western region lasted 13 years. Zhang Qian brought with him lots of knowledge about the western states. He also brought with him many of the countries' culture. He brought religion, art, philosophies and many goods that were unknown to China before his trip. What impact did his trip have on Chinese civilization? Zhang Qian's trips helped China gain economic and cultural connections with many countries in the western region. Resources http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0931688.html http://www.travelchinaguide.com/silk-road/history/zhangqian.htm http://www1.chinaculture.org/gb/en_aboutchina/2003-09/24/content_22624.htm Why was the Silk Road named that way? The silk road was called the silk road because it used to be a trade route in Asia where merchants traded silk. Different goods were also traded on the silk road such as foods, jewelry, and other materials. http://www.enchantedlearning.com/history/asia/huns/ http://www.livius.org/sh-si/silk_road/silk_road.html Fact about the Silk Road Even though many things were traded through the Silk Roads the most common thing traded was religion. Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity were the three religions that came to China and stayed there. It's interesting how out of all the things that were traded along the Silk Road this was the one that really impacted the chinese civilization and I think it's important we know how just trading things can really change a culture.