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A Journey Through The Silk Road
Transcript of A Journey Through The Silk Road
The Great Wall is only 63 years old, being finished in 206 B.C., and is over 12,000 miles long! The part I am at comes right across the Huang River. The Huang River is the second longest river in China, and is commonly called "The Yellow River," because of the mud that makes it look that color! The Huang River The Great Wall Of China Me- The Silk Trader Anxi My third stop is in Anxi, a major town along the Silk Road. We traded there, even though it was kind of like a military base. A Chinese garrison headquarters is here! This town is one of the many Chinese towns you could encounter on the Silk Road.
(As you can see, Anxi as a town is now in ruins, and has not been returned to it's full glory. Yet...) The Himalayas The Himalayas are an ancient mountain range, that we are to pass by. As you can see, Chin passed by these mountains in winter. The Himalayas are the highest mountain range on the planet, with the highest peak being Mount Everest. Mount Everest is around 5 and 1/2 miles tall, from sea level.
Currently, it is below freezing, and it is necessary to set up camp and a fire. Robbers When you are trading valuable goods, there are always people who want to take advantage of that. Especially in the barren desert. Garrison Headquarters Mt. Everest
Getting robbed is not usually avoidable. Robbers will take all they can carry, and sometimes entire camels, and run off all while your sleeping. Sometimes, to avoid that, merchants will have people stand guard, and look for robbers in the night. An Ancient Chinese Desert A Persian Marketplace On the Silk Road there were hundreds of marketplaces where you would trade. Right here in Persia, they traded gold, silver, and slaves.
What surprised me was that Persian Rugs are actually a style of rug, not just rug that came from Persia. Persians did trade rugs though, and they were quite a beautiful sight. Persia was a stop on the Silk Road with thieves- more than most could handle. Having someone watch our caravan at all times was a necessary precaution. Religion was also "traded" here. There were lots of missionaries, spreading their religion. Most of the missionaries were Buddhist, but others were spreading the teachings of Confucius. The Caspian Sea Persian Rug We are currently traveling along the coastline of the Caspian Sea.
The Caspian Sea borders many countries in present day, but in my time it is only bordered by Persia and Asia Minor.
We are almost to the end of the Silk Road. The Caspian Sea is the largest inland body of water in the world. It also accounts for around 40% of the lacustrine water on Earth. The Caspian Sea is around 77 degrees Fahrenheit around the southern coastline! The Caspian Sea is a sight to see! There are over 710 different species in the Caspian Sea! medium desert. Which means it's not a mild desert, nor is it an extremely arid desert. When traveling through it, it is usually necessary to sleep in a shady spot during the day, and travel at night. Which is the tactic that most use! The Final Stop The Mediterranean Sea is our final stop before we turn around. Most merchants don't go all the way to here, but we did. Usually, they just trade their goods half way through, then head back.
The route we took was not the only route. There are many other trade routes you could go on! Some are on boat, while others are on foot. The Mediterranean Sea connects to many European countries, which are also good to trade with, as well as Egypt.
Although our journey has come to an end, the silk road will live on for many more years! On A Map The Coastline Other Traderoutes Mediterranean Sea The End! For more information, go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silk_Road Thanks for watching! Any questions? Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org This desert is called "The Thar Desert," and is a Food? Your probably wondering how we could lug around enough food for a trip that is over 4,000 miles. Well, let me tell you- it wouldn't be easy!
First, you would have to have something that could carry all that weight. Which our caravan and camels could not. So, you have to pack light. Only bring enough food for the first market. Once you reach the first market, you get more food.
Usually, on the Silk Road people eat lamb and diary products, because of all the Islams and Muslims who do not eat pork. Sometimes you have to find your own food and water, which can be difficult to do do in the desert, so in that area it is necessary to pack enough extra food for your whole journey through the desert. Silk Road Food- lamb! On the Silk Road, you will encounter many things, and have many adventures. The experience is different for everyone, and the longest trade route is over 4,000 miles long! Have you ever been on the Silk Road? Here's your chance! Well, come on, let's begin our journey on the Silk Road! The Silk Road was a group of trade routes that began in North Eastern China during the Han Dynasty. The Silk Road was created by Chan Ch'ien to expand trade. Many merchants traveled along the Silk Road traded goods. It's 143 B.C., and am a simple silk merchant named Chin Xang and am traveling the silk road with my wife. N E S W Information About Other Travelers.... Marco Polo was a famous traveler on the silk road. Marco Polo was a Venetian merchant who wrote stories about Central Asia and China. Marco traveled the Silk Road in the late 1200’s.
Some travelers took sea routes, which was a totally different experience. For one, you would only stop at port towns to trade. Second, you would have to deal with all sorts of sea animals, such as sharks.