Globalization may be a recent phenomenon, but the international exchange of goods and ideas has its origins in ancient times. For much of history, commerce in wares, technology, and culture was conducted via the Silk Road—a network of caravans routes linking Europe and Asia and interconnecting the cultures along the way. This lavishly illustrated book welcomes you as a Silk Road traveler. In it, you'll witness the breathtaking landscapes of the extensive overland journey, pause at desert oases, and visit the cities that grew wealthy and powerful through trade. En route, you'll discover why the Silk Road so richly deserves its age-old reputation as the pathway to innovation and adventure.