Not depicted on this Map is the southern arm of the Silk Road, leading away to Pakistan and India's Ganges and Indus Valley's in the far South. A Later Silk Road bypass from Loulan in Lop Nor forming the South Route via Tibet into Nepal and India is also omitted as it was not yet in existence during the Han Dynasty but started operating in earnest in the 7Th Century during the Tang Dynasty.
The China Report
Map China - History - Silk Road 1 Early Han Dynasty Period
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The first Westerner to Explore and report on the full length of the Silk Road was Marco Polo (1254 AD - 1324/25 AD) who entered China through
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China Report - Tibet - Relief Map of Central Tibetan Plateau
A detailed Relief Map of Tibet - The Central Tibetan Plateau depicting the Main Cities and Roads in Tibet. Includes the Location of Mount Everest on the Tibetan-Nepalese Border.
Beijing) the Yuan Dynasty Capital at the Time. Marco Polo noted the 1000's of Buddha Statues and Murals near this Oasis (Mogao Caves) in his book "Il Milione" (Or Marco Polo's travels) making them world famous.
Many would follow in his foot-steps in Centuries after. Moroccan Ibn Battuta followed in the 14Th Century. The next famous western explorers
that we know of, came many centuries later during the 19Th Century. During this Time several explorers were active among whom a Russian and the Svedish Explorer Sven Hedin pushed deep into Central Asia. Hedin was the first to create detailed Maps of Tibet, the Pamir Mountains and the Taklamakan Desert. During one of his voyages (1899) in the Western Deserts Hedin re-discovered the ancient lost civilization of LouLan, an oasis Kingdom
A 2nd Schematic Map of the Silk Road during the Roman Age. In 30 BC the Roman Empire started trading with India, which was already well known from the Conquest of Alexander the Great (+/- 330 BC). In the following 6 centuries the West would Trade with India and indirectly also with China through the Silk Road. The Silk Road only lost its Value after the European Age of Discovery and the Establishment of Maritime Trade Routes with India (16Th Century) and later China.
during the Han Dynasty Silk Road Era. Up to that Moment the City was lost for a 1000 years.
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