Insight Guides: Silk Road

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Insight Guide Silk Road is the complete illustrated guide to one of the world’s ultimate travel adventures. Passing right through the heart of Asia, the ancient trade route traverses a quarter of the globe from the heart of China to the Mediterranean via a vast, inhospitable expanse of mountains and desert. The guide covers all the sights along the way across 13 countries and 6 time zones, with authoritative chapters on the Silk Road’s history and culture to put it all into ...

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Overview

Insight Guide Silk Road is the complete illustrated guide to one of the world’s ultimate travel adventures. Passing right through the heart of Asia, the ancient trade route traverses a quarter of the globe from the heart of China to the Mediterranean via a vast, inhospitable expanse of mountains and desert. The guide covers all the sights along the way across 13 countries and 6 time zones, with authoritative chapters on the Silk Road’s history and culture to put it all into context.

The magic of the journey is brought to life through evocative photography, and is complemented by lavish Photo Features which offer a unique insight into various aspects of the route: these include details of silk production, the ancient treasures that have been discovered along the route, and the colourful bazaars - which are a reminder of the Silk Road caravanserais of the distant past.

Our inspirational Best of The Silk Road section highlights the unmissable sights and experiences, while a comprehensive Travel Tips section gives you all the practical information you need to plan your trip – whether it be a short section or the entire Silk Road.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780051161
  • Publisher: Apa Publications UK, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Series: Insight Guides Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 771,086
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Forbes is a longtime Insight Guides contributor and the author of more than a dozen books on East and Southeast Asia

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Best of The Silk Road
Ancient Trade Route
The Incredible Journey

History
Decisive DatesThe First Steps    
The Opening of the Road
The Middlemen
Glory and Decline
The Mongol Era
Rediscovering the Road

Features
The Story of Silk
Life on the Road
The Spread of Ideas
People and their Environment (new for 2nd edition)
Talk of the Road
Romans in China
Marco Polo
The Great Game
Life in Old Xi’an
The Uighurs
Muhammad Yakub Beg
Community-Based Tourism
Tamerlane the Great
Stoddart and Connolly
Gandharan Art
Zoroastrians
Persian Carpets
Desert Irrigation
Treasures of the Silk Road (photo feature)
Silk Production (photo feature)
Bazaars (photo feature)
Yurts (photo feature)

Places
The Silk Road Experience
China
Shaanxi
Gansu
Xianjiang
Central Asia
Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan
Uzbekistan
Kazakhstan
Pakistan
Afghanistan
Turkmenistan
Western Asia
Iran
Iraq
Syria
Lebanon
Turkey

Travel Tips
TRANSPORT
ACCOMMODATION
EATING OUT
ACTIVITIES
A–Z: PRACTICAL INFORMATION
LANGUAGE  (new for 2nd edition)
FURTHER READING

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