Silk Road Week Museums | Galleries II

One of the earliest and most important routes to connect the Far East with Central Asia, the Chang’an-Tian-shan corridor runs from Chang’an (Xi’an), in the Shaanxi province of northwest China, westwards through the Hosi Corridor, passes through Tian-shan mountains and the valleys of southeastern Kazakhstan and northern Kyrgyzstan. The eastern passages of this route were first established in the 2nd century BC, when the Chinese explorer Zhang Qian set out from the Han capital of Xi’an, and travelled to Central Asia and India, laying the foundations for official relationships with foreign kingdom and most importantly, demonstrating the potential for trade to the west. (UNESCO)