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The Silk Road, or Silk Route, is a series of trade and cultural transmission routes that were central to cultural interaction through regions of the Asian continent connecting the West and East by linking traders, merchants, pilgrims, monks, soldiers, nomads and urban dwellers from China to the Mediterranean Sea during various periods of time. -Wiki

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The great silk road: Spices.

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The great silk road: Spices.

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Bukhara, which is situated on the Silk Route, is more than 2,000 years old. It is the most complete example of a medieval city in Central Asia, with an urban fabric that has remained largely intact. Monuments of particular interest include the famous tomb of Ismail Samani, a masterpiece of 10th-century Muslim architecture, and a large number of 17th-century madrasas.

Bukhara, which is situated on the Silk Route, is more than 2,000 years old. It is the most complete example of a medieval city in Central Asia, with an urban fabric that has remained largely intact. Monuments of particular interest include the famous tomb of Ismail Samani, a masterpiece of 10th-century Muslim architecture, and a large number of 17th-century madrasas.

Stupa at the Jiaohe ruins, China,  was an important site along the Silk Road trade route leading west.

Stupa at the Jiaohe ruins

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Sevan, Armenia. On the Great Silk Road.

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Dawn breaks over the Tash Rabat Caravanserai, an ancient Silk Road stopover, high in the Tian Shan, back in Kyrgyzstan

Tash Rabat Caravanserai, Kyrgystan

Dawn breaks over the Tash Rabat Caravanserai, an ancient Silk Road stopover, high in the Tian Shan, back in Kyrgyzstan

Great Goose Pagoda in Xi'an, China; built with the permission of the emperor by Xuan Zhang during the Tang dynasty, at which point Xi'an was the capital of the empire, on his return from India along the Silk Road
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The Greater Wild Goose Pagoda @ Xi'an

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Caravansaray in Sultanhani, central Turkey.  A magnificent structure recalling the travelers of the Silk Road as they plied their trade.

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Caravansaray in Sultanhani, central Turkey. A magnificent structure recalling the travelers of the Silk Road as they plied their trade.

Ayaz Kala is a desert fortress on the Khorezm section of the Great Silk Road. Grape presses and twelve golden statues were found in the ruins of the ruler's palace, dating from the third century BC. The two surviving forts date from 400 to 700 AD.

Ayaz Kala

Ayaz Kala is a desert fortress on the Khorezm section of the Great Silk Road. Grape presses and twelve golden statues were found in the ruins of the ruler's pal

The Karakoram Highway is the highest paved international road in the world. It connects China and Pakistan across the Karakoram mountain range, through the Khunjerab Pass. It connects China's Xinjiang region with Pakistan's Gilgit–Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa regions.  The highway, connecting the Gilgit–Baltistan region of Pakistani Kashmir to the ancient Silk Road from Kashgar, a city in the Xinjiang region of China, to Abbottabad, of Pakistan.

Karakoram Highway

The Karakoram Highway is the highest paved international road in the world. It connects China and Pakistan across the Karakoram mountain range, through the Khunjerab Pass. It connects China's Xinjiang region with Pakistan's Gilgit–Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa regions. The highway, connecting the Gilgit–Baltistan region of Pakistani Kashmir to the ancient Silk Road from Kashgar, a city in the Xinjiang region of China, to Abbottabad, of Pakistan.

Afghanistan Kuchi Nomad.  The Silk Road contained three major routes leading westward from Chang'an, ... and the southern to the regions which now include Afghanistan, Iran, and India.

Afghan Kochi Nomad

Afghanistan Kuchi Nomad.

Many of these ancient inns were adjacent to the Silk Road to serve travellers  on their way to China and the Mediterranean Sea.

Iran revives ancient caravanserai CCTV-International

After a long day´s journey through the desert, travellers in ancient Iran would usually spend the night at a caravanserai, to rest, sleep and eat. Built in a distinct architectural style, caravanserais are said to have been the first types of hotels in ancient Iran.

Great Kyz Kala, Merv - one of the most important cities along the Silk Road Merv now lies in modern day Turkmenistan

Merv, an Ancient Silk Road Oasis in Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan tour visiting the ancient oasis city of Merv