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History of Silk

Sogdian silk,8th centurySericulture or silk production has a long and colorful history unknown to most people. For centuries the West knew very little about sil...

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The Tanguts

The Tanguts (Xia) were a people of Tibetan origin, whose home originally was in the highlands of western Sichuan. By the middle of the ninth century, like the ...

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Marco Polo and His Travels

"When a man is riding through this desert by night and for some reason -falling asleep or anything else -he gets separated from his companions and wants to rejoin them, he hears spirit voices talking to him as if they were his companions, sometimes even calling him by name. Often...

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Nomads on the silk road

Nomads and nomadism have been intimately linked to Silk Road trade and culture since ancient times ("nomad" derives from Greek nomos, "pasture"), and, at the de...

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Secrets of the Esoteric Empire: The Tangut Script

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 ...

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Lyrics to The Silk Road

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...

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The Second Central Asian Expedition of Aurel Stain(1906-1908)

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...

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The Silk Road: Spreading Ideas and Innovations

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...

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Hi - How much does this cost in RMB for two people mid August ?

Can you pls provide me some information on this tour? Is it available for 2nd week of jun?

Dear travel advisor, I could like it to take it this tour and mid November 2014.
Would you please contact me at my email address: vovancan@hotmail.com.
I'm looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Dear,Manager.Please advise for 4days Dunhuang explore tour usd 349 start 29july2014.
2person ,my email   ruslilaurent@hotmail ,waiting for your good news.


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