Tag: CN – Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang’an-Tianshan Corridor

China to enhance protection of grotto temples; Xinhua

China’s State Council has issued a set of guidelines to improve the protection and make better use of the country’s grotto temples.

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Travel the Silk Road: Countries to Discover Along the Journey; Darren Yeoh; TripZilla

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China – Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang’an-Tianshan Corridor

Follow the footsteps of merchants, traders and Marco Polo along the Silk Road: a network of trade routes that connected the East and West for centuries.

I think it’s safe to say that for most of us here, the term “Silk Road” evokes many re-imaginings of a romantic era of trade filled with horse-drawn caravans, precious jade and spices (and silk!), and many historical figures such as Marco Polo and Kubla Khan.

But despite its popularised name, the Silk Road is not an untamed, exotic high road passing through myth-laden valleys and villages. Instead, it’s a network of trade routes over both land and sea (across the Pacific Ocean) connecting China to Central Asia, and to some extent, Africa and Europe. Kinda like this:

Now, I know what you’re thinking:

You’re an avid traveller longing to explore the world and all its wonders and, reading this, suddenly a light bulb goes -ding- over your head as you exclaim, “I’ll travel through the entirety of the Silk Road and see all the countries along it!” #TravelGoals #UltimateTravelBucketList

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10 Must-See Tourist Attractions in China; Christopher Stephens; Toptenz

China – Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang’an-Tianshan Corridor

The most populous nation on Earth, the world’s second largest country in terms of land area, and a land of incredible cultural, historical and archeological riches, China is one of the world’s leading tourism destinations. With diverse geography and the legacies of historic civilization coupled with modern innovation, China’s must-see sites should be on any outdoor travel, archeology, or ancient architecture enthusiast’s list.

In this account, we discover sites ranging from the ancient Terracotta Warriors unearthed in Xi’an Province to the unbelievable feat of modern innovation that is the glass walkway clinging to the side of Tianmen Mountain, take a closer look at the Great Wall, and the Tomb of a leading female emperor.

10. The Terracotta Warriors

Standing in rank with an assortment of weapons and horses, the Terracotta Warriors form a spectacular mausoleum of international renown.

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Ancient Chinese world heritage site faces serious threat from rock falls; Alice Shen; South China Morning Post

China – Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang’an-Tianshan Corridor

Report highlights threat to Maiji Mountain Grottoes from erosion but fails to outline any steps taken to preserve them.

Many of the caves at China’s Maiji Mountain Grottoes, a world heritage site, are in serious danger of collapsing, according to state media reports.

An assessment found that one in seven of the caves at the site in Gansu in the northwest of the country faced the highest level of risk, Xinhua reported on Sunday.

The grottoes, which lie along the route of the ancient Silk Road, were added to Unesco’s list of world heritage sites in 2014 and are famed for their murals and Buddhist sculptures.

The earliest caves and statues at the site were constructed around 1,600 years ago during the Later Qin era in the time of the 16 Kingdoms.

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