The Silk Road, a ten-thousand-mile network of roads spanning the four thousand miles between China with the west starting from the then-capital Xi’an, China, began used in 130 BC when China opened trade with the west.
When the Chinese government hired Sven Hedin to create a road linking China with the province of Xinjiang, the Swedish explorer set out to travel along all ten thousand miles to record what he found.
This post is one in a series of short posts including the number 10 in the first sentence, a requirement of the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild anthology submission in 2021.
Image credit: Photo of a caravansary by mostafa meraji on Unsplash
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