Hopefully you would have read all about the start of our Silk Road journey a week back. If not, here’s a playback (click link). You know the thing that is happening now in some very very large country. Hint: we’re talking about trade here. There is said to be a wave of rising protectionist policies being considered.
And by no means this modern empire (you know who you are!) is the only one that practices such shifts in policy. The ancient silk road was not just left to its own devices but rather constantly fought over and ‘managed’ by differing powers as strengths ebbed and flowed over the centuries. This is a paradise not just for budding archaelogists but historians too, as new finds are unearthed ever so often of past civilizations smothered by the sands of time.
You might also be interested to know that here we come to the limits of one of the longest fortifications in the world. Yep you’ve got it, the Great Wall.
So one can expect fortresses and desertscapes in the background as mounted warriors lead the charge against their opponents. Horses ramming into each other, men falling over the clash of metal sounding and a sand storm kicked up in all of that conflict. Only to be buried into the ground and preserved perhaps for posterity in this dry and arid land.
And for us to check them out.
Curious to know more? Part II of our journey to Cathay can be read here. Will this inspire you to do the Silk road? We know of some people who blazed it on a jeep!