Episode 27 Companion Post: The Long, Strange Trip of Zhang Qian

Emperor Wu of Han (汉武帝) – reign: 141-87 BCE

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Zhang Qian (張騫), Emissary of Han.  Dispatched to find the Yuezhi Kingdom and document the peoples of the Far West from 138-126 BCE.

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Zhang sets out from Chang’an in 138:
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His first big hurdle, the Taklamakan Desert in the Tarim Basin… this would forcibly be made his home for more than 10 years:

 

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A camel’s-eye view:
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Zhang Qian’s discoveries:
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The Silk Road – Zhang Qian’s legacy:

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