Silk Road Map
In Kashgar they are now joined by guards & camel drivers. Kashar was an Oasis city. It has a pasture with grazing animals & people. Kashgar is known for their fruits. Dates, melons, & grapes were grown in the field & vineyards. They traded silk for dried dates dates, raisins, & jade.
The journey begins with private merchants, Chinese government officials, & members of the caravan, traveling from rich farmlands in Chang'an preparing for the western dessert. Along the way they trade silk. Chang'an is known for a Buddhist temple nearby on a hillside.
The merchants, Chinese officials, & members of the caravan are now joined by Buddhist people in Dunhuang. They now trade supplies for town market along with horses. Dunhuang is known as a center of caravan trading & a religious center as well.
Tashkent is the Kingdom of ferghang. The Chinese officials & others traded silk for horses. They also traded Chinese silk, porcelain, metalwork, glass, & musical instruments.
Baghdad was the greatest city of the world. Arabs & Chinese merchants traded African slaves, ivory, gold, & pearls. They also traded printed cotton cloths, precious stones, & the usual silk & porcelain.
Herat is where people come from India. They trade silk for spice, brightly died Indian cloth, metalwork, glassware, & other goods. Artisans, merchants, Turkmen nomads, Arabs, traders from India, Muslim imams, Zoroastrian priests, Nestorian Christian priests, & Buddhist monks come here not only for trade but also for religious reasons.
Damascus sold rolls of silk. The silks were patterned brocades, brilliantly colored satin & thin gauze to make nightgowns.
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