The 2002 Smithsonian Folklife Festival featured the Silk Road. This
page will bring some of that information to those unable to attend the
Festival and also bring some additional information to those whose interest
Join me on a Teacher's Journey on the Silk Road!
I took over 600 pictures at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival
celebrating the Silk Road. My intent is to create a virtual tour of the Silk Road in much the same way that the festival took participants from China to Venice all in the space of the National Mall in Washington DC.
The Silk Road on the Internet
Festival Sponsors and Their Suggested
- The Silk Road: Connecting Cultures, Creating Trust — This is the full text of the program guide created for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in 2002 which showcased the Silk Road. Wonderful articles on a variety of topics with the focus on cultural difusion and influence.
Road Project This is the home page for the Silk Road
Project. This project is the brainchild of cellist Yo-Yo Ma
and the page contains concert information for the Silk Road
Ensemble as well as wonderful information about the Silk Road
including educational resources.
Silk Road Project: 36th Annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival
This is the information site for the Festival. It contains
information about the major geographic divisions: Venice, Istanbul,
Samarkand, Nomads of Central Asia, Xi'an in China, and Nara
A K-12 Resource of the Asia Society AskAsia is a
wonderful resource on anything dealing with Asia.
Type in Silk Road for search results that include lesson plans and background essays.
Golden Silk Road This site contains information about
travel travel along the Silk Road and its history. There are
pictures and travel highlights of the Shaanxi, Gansu, Ningxia,
Qinghai, and Xinjiang provinces of China.
on the Silk Road Buddhism became the common feature
uniting the people of the Silk Road. This IDP site looks at
the Buddhist pilgrims and travelers on the Silk Road and the
various forms of Buddhism that developed on the Silk Road.
Newsletter This page has links to all the issues
of the IDP Newsletter, but issue 18 has a very interesting article
that addresses the question: "What possible links can there
be between Buddhist cave paintings in Dunhuang, China and Christian
churches in the county of Devon in the UK, separated by 3000
miles, 500 years, and different cultures and religions? Yet
an intriguing design of three rabbits chasing each other in
a circle sharing three ears between them is found - in near
identical form - in both places."
Road to China, Arts at Dunhuang Grottoes This site
is sponsored by China
the Beautiful. It contains maps, classic poetry, sea routes
of Zheng He, information on Zen Buddhism as well as the art
in the Dunhuang Grottoes.
Silkroad Foundation The Silkroad Foundation is a
California-based organization designed to promote the study
and preservation of cultures and art on Inner Asia and the Silk
Road. This site contains information about both the historic
and the present day Silk Road.
and Merchants This Asia Society site is a virtual
exhibit of some of the treasures from Northwest China, Gansu
and Ningxia from the 4th through 7th century.
History of the Silk Road
Mrs. Ruland's World History AP WWW Resources: 600-1450 Global Trade Systems — This page was created for my students and contains other links about the Silk Road as it relates to the Global Trade System in the Post-Classical period.
the Silk Road A lesson plan
the Silk Road - Archaeology This general article
is hosted by Archaeology.About.com
- Art of the Silk Road — Wonderful site from the Seatle Art Museum and Silk Road Seatle. Contains sections on Culture, Religion, Trade, and Intercultural Exchange.
- Beauty, the Land of China - The Silk Road — Includes restoration and tourism as well as history.
Dim Sum: Tracing the Silk Road Mapping Lesson Geography
lesson plan that also contains historical information.
Silk and the Silk Road Article written for Chinese
Culture.About.com. Contains historical information as well as
This site examines some of the Buddhist art found in
the Mogao cave temples near the town of Dunhuang, at the edge
of the Gobi desert in northwest China.
Passport to the Silk Road This annotated article
by a middle school teacher has basic information.
This is a wonderful site for any map lover, but also
holds great information for the mapaphobe. Click on a section
of the Silk Road map to get general information about that portion
of the route; you can now click on this more detailed map to
get some very specific information.
- From Silk to Oil: Cross-Cultural Connections Along the Silk Roads — Travel the deserts and mountain passes of Central Asia with From Silk to Oil: Cross-Cultural Connections Along the Silk Road. This book of global studies curriculum, funded by the U.S. Department of Education and produced by China Institute, begins in the second century BCE and ends in the contemporary period.
Geography of the Silk Road This article was written
for a geography course at Humboldt State College.
The Silk Road This map is presented by the Arts of
Asia department of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
Marco Polo Homepage This site hosted by the history
department at Susquehanna University contains information about
one of the most famous Europeans to travel the Silk Road.
Silk Road This article was published in the December
1993 issue of Multiworld. It contains information on
the history of the route as well as the author's recent trip
to the area.
Silk Road This annotated article contains information
on the Silk Road as it related to Ancient Persia.
Silk Road This article was written for a geography
course at Humboldt State College.
Silk Road of Ancient China This travel site contains
information about the history of the route.
Silk Road: The Ancient Way of Trading This site was
designed for an art history class at San Jose State University
and contains information about the culture, religion and civilizations
found along the route.
Silk Road and Central Asia on the World Wide Web
This page contains links on the topic.
Road Chronology This detailed, annotated chronology
contains information from 3200 B.C. through the 1900s.
Silk Road: History While this site is that of a luxury
hotel, it does contain some nice information on the history
of the Silk Road.
Silk Road: Linking Europe and Asia Through Trade
This is a student-created thinkquest.
Road Seattle Silk Road Seattle is a collaborative
public education project using the "Silk Road" theme
to explore cultural interaction across Eurasia from the beginning
of the Common Era (A. D.) to the Sixteenth Century. Contains
historical documents, maps, a virtual art exhibit and other
- Silk Road Society — Contains a variety of information on the Silk Road including a section on its history. Some of the articles require membership, but it is a free registration..
- Traveling the Silk Roads — A special edition of Saudi Aramco World Magazine discussing the history and present of the different parts of the Silk Roads.
- WomanAid International Silk Road Program — Current efforts along the Silk Road.
and the Silk Road Xi'an is the Chinese starting point
for the Silk Road, and this site looks at its history and its
Travel the Silk Road
China's Silk Road: Part One This three part article
is about one modern day traveler's experience along this ancient
route. There is historical information included about the areas
Sievers / OASE Photography This is a stunning collection
of photographs taken along one of the Chinese routes.
- A Trip Along the Silk Road (Part 1) This is the
three part travel journal of a three month trip along the Silk
- Hostility Put Aside: India and China reopen the Silk Road — July 6, 2006
Oriental Silk Road Article by Masha Nordbye for The
World and I. Interesting travel journal with historical references. Available for subscribers.
Road: Following Ancient Footsteps Illustrated article
by Pamela Logan, originally published in Asia Magazine. Her
home page states, "In 1992 I joined a China Exploration
and Research Society project to use radar remote sensing to
look for lost cities under the sands of the Taklamakan Desert
in northwest China." This is her story of the journey.
Silk Road and Xinjiang by Roger J. Wendell This is
an illustrated travel journal.
- Sketching the Silk Road — Follow two American painters as they trace an ancient trade route to China’s most famous Buddhist artwork grottoes. Armed with only their sketchbooks and their creativity, they are... Sketching the Silk Road.
Odyssey: Heart Of The Silk Road Tan Wee Cheng's Travels
in the Central Asian Republics of Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan
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