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SILK ROAD

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The Silk Road was used from about the 2nd to the 13th century. Silk, porcelain, laquer ware, paper, tea, spices, gems and perfumes were brought to the West. Stuff going to the East: Gold, silver, ivory, jade and other stones, wool, horses, glass, fruit and even acrobats and ostriches. The Silk Road never was a single track, but a network of caravan tracks that changed with wars, earthquakes, dry or wet periods. The Western end lied somewhere around Aleppo at the Mediterranean Sea, and the Eastern end around Luoyang in China, south of Beijing. In the middle lay the countries of Central Asia, which until 1991 were part of the U.S.S.R.: Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
Silk Road map You can see our route on the map on the left. Or, look at it in more detail in Google Earth (you must have Google Earth installed).


Leon & Mirjam
Silk Road 2006

We travelled a few weeks through these countries and through a small part of China. We enjoyed our time here, partly because of the beautiful things that can be seen. And partly because the people we met were very nice and gave us the feeling we were welcome. Of course, in 4 weeks you can only see a glimpse of these countries. Especially in Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan we've only been a very short time. Perhaps we can come back here someday to see more ?

Turkmen flag
TURKMENISTAN

Aşgabad
Aşgabad
Futuristic architecture in the desert

Konye Urgench
Konye Urgench

Only the mausoleums are left standing

 


Uzbek flag
UZBEKISTAN

Khiva
Khiva

The city is almost a museum

Buchara
Buchara

Playing soccer on the square

Shakhrisabz
Shakhrisabz

Birthplace of Timur Lenk

Samarkand
Samarkand

Tigers on the medressa
   

Kazakh flag
KAZAKHSTAN

Turkestan
Turkestan
Pilgrims can't avoid Turkestan

Almaty
Almaty

Father of apples: a modern city

 


Kyrgyz flag
KYRGYZSTAN
Bishkek
Bishkek

The greenest city in the world
Lake Issyk-Kul
Lake Issyk-Kul

Great trekkings in high mountains
The Torugart Pass

The most spectacular way into China

Chinese flag
CHINA

Kashgar
Kashgar
Famous Sunday Market ... and more

Turpan
Turpan
The hottest city in China

Tien Chi
Tien Chi

The Celestial Lake


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