Do you know that Kyrgyzstan stores the monuments of the famous Silk Road?
Let me tell you about a stone caravanserai Tash Rabat, located in the south-east of the country. The origin of Tash Rabat is mystery, but most people believe Tash-Rabat was constructed in the 15th century. It was used for Silk Road travelers and caravans traveling from the from Central Asia to China (Chuy and Fergana Valleys to Kashgar) to protect them from the weather and and marauders.
The caravanserai’s walls reach over 20 meters in height. Tash Rabat has a maze of 30 rooms surrounding a large central domed room. This construction is unique not only for it’s size and materials, but also for its special layout, based on perfect symmetry.
Nice idea for ecotourism holidays with horse back riding and and yurt stay.
I’ll be back to silk, which has become a symbol of China.
The secret of making silk was guarded as the greatest secret in China, its disclosure is punishable by death. In the beginning, a rare tissue could be worn only by members of the imperial family.
I think all we are interested in the technological process of silk production. It consists of 3 parts.
One interesting fact, silk products give calming effect on the nervous system, contribute to the prevention and elimination of insomnia fatigue. Another one, that China was ahead of many countries, such as Japan, Italy, France and others for the production of silk. Over time, China regained the leading position, but it’s amazing how European countries using Chinese raw materials, create today well-known and successful brands.
Having given the world many important products, China offered silk and with the Great Silk Road had an impact on the development of world history.
The story I am going to tell you today will explain one of my favorite sayings really well: Make lemonade out of lemon… Just imagine making use of ten years in prison! Sitting there and later on being the one, who initiated the greatest trade route in the world is something like a legend!
This is the story of a Chinese man, who decided to travel across the country, while it was divided into two and both were enemies to each other. Unfortunately, the man was arrested on the other side just for being from the enemies. He was in prison for 10 years until there was a chance to escape.
However, he didn’t simply sit and suffer from the situation. He did his best to learn their culture, habits and language. After he returned to his motherland, this precious information was given and they decided to put an end to negative relations between. The offered their precious goods, such as silk, tea and started the Great Silk Road….
I always admired listening to the stories about traveling the Great Silk Road. This very ancient, yet still famous and live route attracts me with its history. After discovering that th origin of the Silkway goes to China, I even started learning Chinese in order to discover more about it from the original sources! (It was not as easy as I thought!)
More than 3000 years ago, there appeared this great way between China and the Roman empire. It was mainly all about importing and exporting precious goods each country has. Since Chinese silk was one of the most important good, the Road as well got that very name.
Later on, the road expanded; the number of countries and the branches of the route rose more and more. There came a time when the travels of caravans were not only about exchanging goods, but also culture, traditions and religion. This is how the incredible fact that muslims or christians exist in China can be explained!