The people of the Western Xia were pious Buddhists and Confucians. They not only left behind beautiful art in the Mogao and Yulin caves, but also a beautiful yet eye-wateringly complex script. The two are interconnected in exploring the secrecy of tantric Buddhism, which was the ...
I pass valleys, a way among different civilizations / Among different cultures, valleys, mountains under the heat of the red sun / If only you wish, I would be a chasm / If only you wish, I would be a river / I'll hear this call under sand's thorns / But I'll overcome my hard way...
In the final years of the 19th century more and more manuscripts – both in known and in unknown scripts and languages – as well as other findings surfaced from the region called at that time Eastern or Chinese Turkestan. They stirred up a keen interest among scholars, but thei...
Good ideas travel easilyand far along trade routes, and the Silk Road was no exception to that rule. A famous example of a Chinese invention that helped to transform the world is paper. Paper was invented during the Han dynasty, probably just at the time the Silk Road trade was b...
Silk Road goods carried overland were not loaded onto camels and carried from China to Europe. Goods made their way westward in a piecemeal way, with a lot trading and loading and unloading at the caravan stops along the way.
Different caravans carried goods during different se...
Numerous poems scattered on the Silk Road should have been edited and translated to form a great work. We selected merely 20 poems of them with the translation...
Clouds on frontier o'ershadow mountains clad in...
少 年 行（其一）
系马高楼垂柳边。Young Chivalrous Men
More chivalrous travelers fostered i...