Silk Road Week Museums | Galleries IV

The merchants that travelled these routes brought not only new merchandises, but new cultures, skills, beliefs and languages into the regions that lay along the Silk Roads. The Chang’an-Tian-shan corridor is lined with monuments reflecting the cultural,  intellectual  and scientific  exchanges that took place along this route across history, with 33 different sites being recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, including capital cities, palaces, Buddhist cave temples, caravanserais, beacon towers, sections of The Great Wall, fortifications, tombs and religious buildings. Buddhism in particular was disseminated across western and central China, as witnessed by the construction of pagodas, cave temples and Buddhist monasteries in regions surrounding the corridor. (UNESCO)