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More Photos for Thubron’s Shadow of the Silk Road

Here are some more photos to accompany Thubron’s, Shadow of the Silk Road:

Uzbekistan, Samarkand: (p. 184-)

Shah-i-Zinda (p. 206): “Their colours are turqoise and kingfisher blue, often on a dark blue field,  . . .”

Margilan, Silk capital of the Soviet Union  (p. 189) –

Tamerlane, the Conqueror of the World of the mid 1300s: (p. 197-)

Bukhara (p. 209-)

Tea house of Bukhara: (p. 209)

Friendship Bridge from Termez into Afghanistan:

Mazar-e-Sharif (p. 221) – ”  . . Outside, the few street lights flickered out, until only the twin domes of the Hazrat Ali Shrine – legendary tomb of the caliph Ali – went on shining in a necklace of amber lights.”

 Same shrine during the day:

“But the domes were white with pigeons. Pigeons misted the whole sanctuary like a snowdrift.” (p. 223)

Grim fort of Qala-i-Jangi, north of Mazar – regional headquarters of Dostum, (p. 228-

Abdul Rashid Dostum, leader of NIMA (p. 228-)

Tehran, Iran: (p. 284) – 15 million live here in this not so tourist friendly place:

Gawhar Shad Mosque in Herat, where Shah Rukh’s queen was buried: (p. 254)

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Shadows of the Silk Road – Photos

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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Feel free to add some of your own finds!

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Discussion Points for Shadow of the Silk Road by C. Thubron

Here are some themes for us to discuss at the next meeting:

1. Religions found along the way; Christians, Nestorians, Taoism, Muslims, etc.

2. SARS virus and impact on the author’s journey, p. 84, 86, 104

3. Inventions dispersed east and west, p.15,  78, 103

4. Behaviors and values of the Chinese people, p. 46, 109

5. The Sogdian Trader evoked by the author

6. Caves and objects at Dunhuang, p. 87-

7. Relationship between the Tibetans and Chinese

8. Characters met along the way, p. 58, 115, 124

9. The Tocharians, p. 110

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