China and the Silk Road
China was the starting point of the Silk Road. The legendary route originated in the ancient city of Chang’an (now — Xi’an, the administrative centre of Shaanxi province). Then caravans moved to the West and the Northwest through Hexi corridor in Gansu province, made their way along the edge of the Taklamakan desert and crossed the Kunlun “Onion” mountains in western Xinjiang. After that they left the limits of China to go further to the Middle East across the countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus.