More than 2,000 years ago, China began to conduct transactions with other civilized countries through trade in commodities such as silk, colored glaze, gold, pottery and gems. As silk was the major and the most typical commodity for export, the thoroughfare linking China with the Western world for cultural and economic communication was referred to by contemporary scholars as the "Silk Road."
Southwestern Silk Road is an album with beautiful pictures and explanatory text, presenting an overview of the road from Chengdu to India, its diversified geography and large numbers of cultural relics, leading readers into the fascinating world.
Culture of China Series: Southwestern Silk Road
by Lu Zhongmin (Text)
Published by Foreign Languages Press, 2002
ISBN 7119030523 9787119030524
Hardcover, illustrated, dimension 190mm x 170mm, 119 pages
Chengdu, the Starting Point of the Southwestern Silk Road
Ya'an, Ancient Golden Pivot of Eastward Journey
Entering the Big Liang Shan Mountains
Yibin, the Starting Point of the Wuchi Road
Zhaotong, the Guanhe Valle
Weining and the Ancient State of Yelang
Qujing, City at the Source of the Pearl River
Kunming, Center of the Ancient "Yunnan Culture"
Chuxiong, Cradle of Prehistoric Man
Yongchang Road, the Road that Cuts Across the Hengduan Range
Ancient Way Across the Lancang and Nujiang Rivers, and Gaoligong Mountains
Dehong, Home of Peacocks