The Chinese Silk Road: 24

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  • Ohh, look Vern, it's the history on one of those fancy Chinese people don't ya know!
  • The "father of the silk road" was a man called Zhang Qian, an explorer who used the silk road while on a  quest for the Emperor. He never succeeded in his quest, but along the journey, he learnt many cultural lessons he would value, hence why he is still remembered today.
  • Oh. Vern! It's the spirit of Zhang Qian!
  • Yes, that is I. And I am here to teach you foreigners about the history of the great silk road.
  • These Big nosed tourists know nothing!
  • Astounding!
  • Yes, it is.Traders exchanged silk, glassware, ornaments,  jewelry, cast iron products,  decorative boxes, jade, fur, and gold.
  • This is the Eastern Silk Road. Travelers would ride on camel or in caravan to protect themseleves from the harsh sandstorms.
  • Fantastic!
  • Many of the mountain passes were narrow and dangerous. Along this part of the route, sometimes called the “trail of bones,” animals and people often died. Pack animals such as donkeys slipped off the narrow trails and tumbled over cliffs. Sometimes, traders unloaded their animals and hand-carried the goods through the passes.
  • The western silk road was a long trek across the Pamir mountains. Popular trading items included  trays, vases, necklaces, and small bottles
  • Marvelous!
  • Diets, gardening, and agriculture also changed as trade introduced new plants into different areas. For example, China imported many new foods and spices. Among them were grapes, cucumbers, figs, pomegranates, walnuts, chives, sesame, and coriander. The West imported oranges, peaches, pears, and different kinds of flowers, including roses, chrysanthemums, azaleas, peonies, and camellias.
  • The trade between East and West along the Silk Road created cultural diffusion, in which ideas and knowledge—as well as goods—spread from one culture to another.
  • Well, thank you so much  for teaching us about your culture and-
  • Big nosed tourists don't know when to SHUT UP!
  • -Ok, Uh, Thanks now; bye!
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