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Jiuquan—An Important Portal On The Silk Road
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Jiuquan—An Important Portal On The Silk Road

Lying between the Arjin Mountain, Qilian Mountain and Mazong Mountain, Jiuquan is located in northwestern Gansu and the west end of the Hexi Corridor. Based on archeological records, cultural relics and local journals, Jiuquan in ancient times was a land of dense forests, vast grassland, and abundant wildlife resources. As early as some four thousand years ago, mankind began to settle in the area, ...

Post Time: 17-06-28 Views: 174

Vicissitudes of the Silk Road——Han Dynasty
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Vicissitudes of the Silk Road——Han Dynasty

During late years of the Western Han Dynasty when chaos prevailed the political arena, the imperial court relaxed its governance of the Western Regions. Taking advantage of this opportunity the Hun forces fought back and the Silk Road was interrupted. After the establishment of the Eastern Han Dynasty, large tracts of land west of the Yumenguan Pass and the Yangguan were still controlled by the Hun...

Post Time: 17-06-27 Views: 217

Introduction of Western Religions to Central Plains
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Introduction of Western Religions to Central Plains

During the Han the Sui and the Tang dynasties, Buddhism from India, Zoroastrianism and Manichaeism from Persia, Nestorianism from East Rome, Islamism from Arabia were gradually introduced to China, producing a significant impact on the development of China’s politics, ideology, culture, art and science....

Post Time: 17-06-23 Views: 147

Introduction of Resources and Products from Western Regions
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Introduction of Resources and Products from Western Regions

Since Zhang Qian’s missions to the Western Regions, resources and products from countries in the Western Regions entered the inland of China in large quantities. The Ferghana horse introduced during the reign of Emperor Wu of the Han Dynasty was one of the most famous breeds. This excellent stallion is heavyset, with slender legs and well-developed chest, neck and buttocks. In addition other anim...

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Introduction of Music and Dance from Western Regions
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Introduction of Music and Dance from Western Regions

The opening of the Silk Road also facilitated the exchange of music culture between the Western Regions and the Central Plains. As a result western ethnic musical instruments, as well as western music and dance entered the Central Plains areas and were loved by the Han people....

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Eastward Dissemination of Western Technology and Culture
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Eastward Dissemination of Western Technology and Culture

On his return from the Western Regions, Envoy Zhang Qian brought back to the Central Plains a fine steed, the Ferghana, as well as some of the most commonly seen crops today. At the same time Chinese silk products and cast iron technology were also introduced to Europe. Through the Silk Road, many western crafts, religion and arts entered China, producing an enormous impact on the development of Ch...

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Westward Dissemination of Gunpowder
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Westward Dissemination of Gunpowder

China is the birthplace of gunpowder and early gunpowder weapons. The earliest gunpowder refers to a mixture of saltpeter, sulfur and charcoal according to a certain proportion. During the Tang and the Song Dynasties, Chinese manufactured firearms with burning and killing effects were used in large scales in wars. ...

Post Time: 17-06-16 Views: 199

Westward Dissemination of Printing Technology
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Westward Dissemination of Printing Technology

Printing technology, one of China’s “four great inventions” in ancient times, appeared during the Tang Dynasty. The extant world’s early woodblock printed book was the Diamond Sutra found in the Dunhuang Cave for Storing Buddhist Seriptures. The specified printing date on the sutra was “April 15, 9th year of Xiantong Period (868)”. During the Northern Song Dynasty, craftsman Bi Sheng in...

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