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Penjikent mural. Ancient Panjekent was a small but flourishing town of the Soghdians in pre-Islamic Central Asia. The Achaemenids founded several city-states, as well as cities along the ancient Silk road.

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Silk Road Reveals More of its Treasures - Balkh province in northern Afghanistan is home to some of the most significant historical sites in the world - its ancient city was even known as the mother of all cities

Chinese records on wooden slips, found in ancient rubbish-heap, Niya site. The Ancient City of Niya is located in the desert 150 kilometers from Minfeng County in Hotan. Together with the Ancient City of Loulan, Niya ranks among the two famous ancient cities in China which have been buried by the desert. Niya was once a major commercial center on an oasis on the southern branch of the Silk Road in the southern Taklamakan Desert.

On the Ancient and Reopened Silk Road between China and Pakistan

STONE TABLET WITH NESTORIAN CROSS. Nestorian Christianity was brought to China over the Silk Road. This tone from ancient Almalik City prove that Nestorian missionaries were active in the area during the Yuan dynasty.

The ancient desert settlements of Khotan and neighboring Silk Road towns from Chinese East Turkestan to Turkmenistan were once bustling, cosmopolitan centers that flourished from the exchange of goods, languages, religion and ideas. The Silk Road, today a busy highway with some recent notoriety for drug-smuggling, has been crossed by centuries of travellers from Zhang Quian to Marco Polo. Lands through which the western part of the ancient Silk Road passed, however, in many ways present a stark

Ruins of the Armenian City walls built by King Smbat (977–989) of Ani archaelogical site on the Ancient Silk Road , Kars , Anatolia, Turkey

Robat-e Miandasht - The complex of MIANDASHT CARAVANSERAI is located on the Silk Road, 105 Km east to city of Shahrood, on the main road between Tehran, the Iranian capital, and Mashhad, the largest holy and tourist city in Iran

The Silk Road (China). 'There are other Silk Road cities in countries like Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, but it’s in China where you really get the feeling of stepping on the actual ‘Silk Road’. Travel by bus and experience the route as ancient traders once did – mile by mile, town by town.' www.lonelyplanet....