Travel Facts & Cultures
- The Silk Road, cross Asia from China to Europe, is not really a single road, rather a sea & land network of related ancient trade routes through Xian, Dunhuang, Lanzhou, Turpan, Kashgar and Central Asian countries.
- Xinjiang Grape Festival was first launched in 1990 and become an annual event for Uygur people to celebrate the grape harvest at Grape Valley in Turpan Depression. You can this festival with opening ceremony, grape variety plantation and grape wine contest, entertainment, carnival, food,...
- After China maintained its virtual silk monopoly over thousand years, silk spread gradually through Chinese culture and trade to the Japanese, the Indians, the Middle East and more regions of Asia, later Mediterranean and Europe.
- Sericulture covers a circle of the cultivated and raised stages of silk produce under controlled conditions: moth egg - silkworm - pupae & cocoon - moth; until the cocoons reach the filature.
- The provinces mentioned on Marco Polo travels & Trip in China are modern Shanxi, Shaanxi, Sichuan and Yunnan. Marco visited many cities along the way; here Taiyuan, Xian, Chengdu, Tibet and more are on his city comments.
- On the Silk Road China, 15 local ethnic groups have inhabited for a long history, together with other 30 ethnic minorities and they believe in Islam, Lamaism (Tibetan Buddhism), Buddhism, Christianity, Catholicism, Eastern Orthodox, Shamanism and more religions.
- The Silk Road is an extensive sea & land network of related ancient trade routes from Xi'an to Rome through many contries and cities such as Syria, Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, China and more...
- Distinguished it from the traditional Silk Road, the Maritime Trade Route linked the East and West was given the name 'Silk Road on the Sea' by a Japanese scholar in 1967. The two most favored courses followed by trade ships were those of the East China and South China Sea Routes.
- China is the first country to breed silkworms and to make silk into clothing in the world. In ancient time, China was called "The Empire of Clothing" because of the trade of Chinese silk products.