In search of Cathay, part II

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!

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

6 thoughts on “In search of Cathay, part II”

  1. Speaking of protectionism, it seems that it’s not such a new phenomenon after all – the third (I think) Ming Emperor closed China off from virtually all foreign trade only a few years after Zheng He’s famous voyages. And neither is globalisation given the existence of ancient trade routes. Maybe there are human policymaking patterns repeating themselves across centuries, who knows.

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    1. Its a cycle. Sort of like skipping a generation. We cannot experience what others did 70 years ago for example, so cannot understand the pain of WW II. That’s why some may start it again!


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