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It's unclear when exactly we should say we began our exploration of the ancient Silk Road, not one road so much as a cross-continental network of trade routes and passes from China, across most of central Asia, and possibly all the way to Rome. (Sea routes stretching from Indonesia to Africa were also part of it, but we didn't do any watersports; it's all desert from here on out.) Xi'an was considered a terminus of it, but today it's such a modern busy city that it didn't seem very 'Silk Road-y' to us when we were there; we were still in 'China' mindset and not 'incredible desert history' mindset. But there's no question that once we landed in Dunhuang, our journey through the Silk Road had begun. Dunhuang was one of the most important historical sites of the Silk Road both then and now, and it has provided tons of insight into the dealings and relationships among people, religious groups, and states from ancient times. If you go to Dunhuang, you are unquestionably there to go back in time and learn about its role in the Silk Road.
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Laughfrodisiac is attempting to complete another month of VeganMOFO in September 2014! Read about the plan here and stay tuned every day in September!
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