My China Tour

Silk Road Culture

The ethnic minorities along the Silk Road excel at dancing and singing. Their dancing movements and postures are vigorous, and their folk songs are sweet and emotional. During the festival and celebration, you can appreciate the music and dance with distinctive features. And the people are hospitable; the guests from faraway will receive warm welcome when entering their homes.

Western Region has always been a region where a number of religions exist side by side. Uygur, Kazak, Hui, Dongxiang and Bonan believe in Islam; Mongolian, Tibetan as well as part of Han, and Manchu have a belief in Buddhism; In the long course of history, the ethnic minorities have been imbued by different religious ideas and thus shaped unique habits little by little, reflecting in many aspects: food and drinks, ceremony, religious belief, and taboo as well as art and culture. Upon setting foot on this mysterious land, visitors are amazed by their colorful and unique customs and practices.

The Significant Meaning of the Silk Road

  • Commodities Exchange
    The Silk Road, just as the porcelains from China, is a symbol symbolizing the prosperity and civilization of ancient China, it was not only a luxurious commodity at that time, but also an effective means of politics: sending silk to the royal families in Western Region as a way of showing friendly relationship, and the valuable items such as Lapis Lazuli, rubies from the mountains of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Kashmir were passed to China.
  • Culture Exchange
    Chinese Printing was passed to Western Region, which impelled cultural communication and technology transmission, with the open-up of the Silk Road, papers appeared in Western Region and even further, and many European merchants brought paper-making technology to their own countries. In 15th century, the European printed the first Holy Bible that passed down quickly from one to another all over the world.
  • Religion Exchange
    On one side, Buddhism was transferred to China in 87 B.C., and then followed Christian, on the other side; Taoism and Confucianism were also passed to Western Region. The Silk Road was ignored after Ming Dynasty, which stimulated ships in Europe. Most of people around Western Region thought China as a country which was a paradise for them at that time, Spanish and Portugal wanted to find a new way to avoid attack from Italy and Turkish to come to China in hopes of finding more fortunes as well as spreading their religions.

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