Travel along the Silk Road

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Ad Honorem
Oct 2016
3,289
Australia
#22
Also time depends on a safe journey - safe with nature and people .

The top route, through Hotan, you can see here the route along the southern desert boundary, 'oasis hopping' .


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Ichon

Ad Honorem
Mar 2013
3,614
#24
There was no land route. Everything we thought was shipped by land was actually shipped by sea. Even during the "Mongol Peace".
I am not sure where you got this information but it is manifestly incorrect. The land routes were definitely the smallest portion of goods but they certainly did exist and there were many items produced in central Asia that were traded both east and west- much more limited trade to the south and then by sea.

The main advantages of land routes were the ability to acquire unique goods of central Asia, the routes actually cut out some layers of middlemen (where the ocean routes transhipped goods several times), and finally the 'road' as it was already existed and was used for centuries where the main obstacles of inhospitable climate were already dealt with.

Ocean and land routes were both seasonal and there was much less odds of a total loss from shipwreck on the land route compared to the sea route.
 
Feb 2018
212
US
#26
I am not sure where you got this information but it is manifestly incorrect. The land routes were definitely the smallest portion of goods but they certainly did exist and there were many items produced in central Asia that were traded both east and west- much more limited trade to the south and then by sea.

The main advantages of land routes were the ability to acquire unique goods of central Asia, the routes actually cut out some layers of middlemen (where the ocean routes transhipped goods several times), and finally the 'road' as it was already existed and was used for centuries where the main obstacles of inhospitable climate were already dealt with.

Ocean and land routes were both seasonal and there was much less odds of a total loss from shipwreck on the land route compared to the sea route.
Yup.

In the Mongol era there have been many papers written about how the Mongol Khan's policy towards trade greatly increased land silk road traffic and profits.

To OP: a good resource on the subject that incorporates a decent amount of the new research is Christopher Beckwith's Empires of the Silk Road.