Thursday 12 June 2014
Onto the Silk Road
The buddhist grottos at Matisi Se (constructed between 317-420 AD) and Zhangye's great reclining Buddha and its surrounding wooden temple, over 1000 years old, remind us of the role of the Silk Road in bringing Buddhism from India to China over centuries. In the last 7 weeks we have crossed the seaward flowing Mekong, Yangstse and Yellow river systems and have now reached those systems that flow north, through rich, fertile plains, before petering out in desert. This will be the pattern through the Central Asian Silk Road route.