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For many centuries the Silk Road was a great highway for the export of luxury goods from China to Europe. Silk, fabrics, porcelain, furs, spices, gems, carpets and other exotic goods of Asia moved along this “road” to the West. In the 19th century the Ikat fabrics from Central Asia became very popular among the traders on the Silk Road. Samarkand and Bukhara became the centres of the finest Ikat fabric production called the Han Atlas, which is a 100% percent natural hand-woven and hand-dyed fabric. Its pattern and design was an indication of luxury, power and high social status. Continue reading →
The ultra-modern “Golden Eagle” train arrives at Tashkent railway station. The passengers alighting are foreign tourists from Australia, the UK, Norway and other countries – about 100 people in total – who are travelling from China to Moscow, via Central Asia. They are delighted with their “Silk Road Journey” program, a journey of many days which would once have been undertaken on horses or camels along a camel track, but which they can now experience in comfort on the modern railway express along the steel trunk railway of Central Asia. Continue reading →
After leaving university, Nick Rowan, decided to take some time off to travel the world. But quite where he was off to was a mystery, even to himself. He knew he wanted to travel, but didn’t just want to travel for travel’s sake, ending up on a beach in Thailand with a bunch of 18-year old bums who thought they knew everything. His quest for travel that was challenging, had a purpose and above all something that not many people had done, led him to consider travelling north to south from Alaska to Argentina and trying to cross every country of the African continent. Continue reading →
Editor-in-Chief of UK published magazine, Open Central Asia, and author of “Friendly Steppes: A Silk Road Journey” that recounts his travel adventures along the Silk Road, Nick Rowan has an insatiable appetite for all things Central Asian. An Oxford University graduate, now working in the Oil industry for Shell in London, Nick spends much of his spare time exploring Central Asia, having travelled to all the countries on numerous occasions, his latest adventure spent two weeks tracking the Pamir Highway in 2011. His favourite evenings are those spent on the plains of Central Asia sitting in the warmth of a homely yurt laughing and joking with its owners over a good bowl of laghman accompanied by freshly baked lepioshka bread. Continue reading →
Ecotourism Society Pakistan through its initiative The Region and UNWTO Silk Road office held 2-days workshop on Tailoring e.tourism for Silk Road destinations on April 10-11 for capacity building of stakeholders of Samarkand Uzbekistan at Hotel Caravan Serai. The workshop was attended by trainers of hospitality and tourism industry. First day of workshop covered issues relating Communication skills development, dealing with No Show issue, Branding the product, Tourism Management. e.tourism development techniques, Website hosting. While second day covered Tourism management during low seasons, development of festivals, International Networking and practical training of E.tourism including usage of different softwares of website development, hosting, movie making and Co-branding of products. Mr. Hasnain of Ecotourism Society Pakistan presented Branding and management of co-branding issue and inform participants how they could develop their product as Brand.
Ms Frieda Brepoels MEP will convene a conference, ‘Kashgar: An Oasis of the Silk Road on the Brink of Extinction’, at the European Parliament in Brussels from 9.0012.30 on 27 January 2011 in collaboration with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and the Belgian Uyghur Association.
For centuries, Azerbaijan acted as a natural crossroads for the ancient Silk Road between Europe and Asia and a home to the world’s diverse cultures, religions and peoples. It has also been endowed with abundant natural resources, of which oil has become the most acknowledged and remembered.
Before the Common Era, inhabitants of present-day Azerbaijan used oil for heating and lighting purposes and as a remedy to cure burns and various skin diseases. While travelling via the Silk Road in the thirteenth century, the famous Venetian merchant and traveler, Marco Polo, used to describe Baku’s oil as one of the most sought commodities in the region. It was not until the late nineteenth century, however, that Azerbaijan’s oil would become known internationally. By the 1870s, the Nobel Brothers and the Rothschild Family were operating several oil wells in Baku and the region’s oil started to be exported abroad. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Azerbaijan was supplying more than 50 percent of the world’s oil. Continue reading →
The international tourist community will meet in Samarkand, in October of this year, to discuss the development of cultural tourism.
Last Friday, the press service of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has distributed a note, which called on the international tourist community to actively participate in the 5th international meeting on development of tourism along the Silk Road, which will be held in Samarkand October 8-9, 2010. Continue reading →