Colin Thubron beautifully describes his journey along the Silk Road, but I still was curious about what things actually looked like, so here are some photos I found online to accompany the reading:
Xian, The Capital:
“Yongchang: The Last Gate Under Heaven”, pp. 69-; A statue includes a Roman soldier, where it is believed that Roman soldiers settled this area 2000 years earlier – perhaps those who were marched away after Crassus and his Roman army were defeated in 53 BC – (click on photo for more information):
Traces of Roman Ancestry – see accompanying article by clicking on photo:
The oasis of Dunhuang, p. 87:
Xinjiang – at the edge of the great Taklamakan, one of the largest deserts in the world (p. 100):
p. 102 – ” the earth would smooth to a savannah of bleached grass . . .” (click on the photo for more photos)
Kyrgyzstan: (p.154) – Click on photo for more . . .
Caravanserai of Tash Rabat: P. 155:
This is just a start.
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