Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Modern Silk Road: Hauling New Treasure

The Silk Road of camels and caravanserais that once connected China and Rome faded sometime in the 14th century. Hewlett Packard is bringing the trading route back to life! They revived the route, according to the New York Times, as "an overland alternative to shipping electronics from China to European markets by sea."

The New York Times has nice online  photographic exhibit of one section of the route now traveled by train instead of camel and an excellent related feature article called "Hauling New Treasure Along the Silk Road." The story and photographic exhibit might be good for students to read when we cover China and the development of the Silk Route. My thanks to Jeff Feinstein for sending me the link.

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