The Silk Road

  • 13/12/2019
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In addition to the Silk Road in land from China through Central Asia and the Middle East, there is also a sea trade route connecting Chinese commercial ports with those of Pacific-Indian countries, as far as the Mediterranean and Europe... 

The German geographer Ferdinand von Richthofen was the founder of the term Seidenstraße (Silk Road) in 1877 in his studies of the ancient trade route originating from China going west Asia, through Mongolia, India, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Greece, countries around the Mediterranean and up to Europe, more than 6,400 km.

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It was a trade route between China and the outside world, dating back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220), flourishing in the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907) and Yuan Dynasty (1271 - 1368), recession. and withered during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644).

In addition to the Silk Road in land from China through Central Asia and the Middle East, there is also a sea trade route connecting Chinese commercial ports with those of Pacific-Indian countries, as far as the Mediterranean and Europe. It was the Silk Road on the sea - the Maritime Silk Road, formed from the Han Dynasty, flourished in the Tang Dynasty and exploded in the XVI - XVII centuries. Studies of international archeologists and historians today show that this Silk Road has connected 43 locations, mainly trading ports, in countries: Pakistan, China, South Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Russia, Oman, Egypt, Turkey, Venice. In particular, there are 8 locations on the territory of Vietnam today: Van Don, Luy Lau, Long Bien, Pho Hien, Hoi An, Cu Lao Cham, Thi Nai and Oc Eo.

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