Man Sitted In Open-air Restaurant, Keriya, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China
The Silk Road, or Silk Route is a modern term referring to a historical network of interlinking trade routes accross the Afro-Eurasian landmass connecting East, South and Western Asia with the Mediterranean and European world, as well as parts of North and East Africa on about 4,000 miles (6,500 km). It gets its name from the lucrative Chinese silk trade along it, which began during the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD). Trade on the Silk Road was a significant factor in the development of the civilizations of China, India, Persia, Europe and Arabia. Though silk was certainly the major trade item from China, many other goods were traded, and various technologies, religions and philosophies, as well as the bubonic plague (the « Black Death ») also traveled along the Silk Routes.
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