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Map of the Silk Road

The Silk Road was a network of vast trackways which crossed the deserts and mountains of Asia between China in the east and Rome in the west, with subsidiary routes south into India and north to the Altai mountains. The 4500 kilometer (2800 miles) of roads are first reported to have been used during the Han Dynasty of the 2nd century BC; and it's influence on the societies of Asia and Europe lasted well in the medieval 16th century.

Click on each of the black boxes on this interactive map to discover some of the many sites and stories of the Silk Road.

Interactive Map of the Silk Road

Map drafted by shizhao

Cities and Stories of the Western Silk Road

Western Segment Central Segment Eastern Segment

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