The Silk Road was never a single thread across Asia but an intricate web of shorter routes - Silk Roads - which together linked the Pacific Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. This guidebook is the first to cover these routes in their entirety and with it you can retrace the Golden Road to Samarkand, follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Marco Polo, and travel the length of the Great Wall of China. With detailed information on over 10.000km (6000 miles) of overland routes both by road and rail, this guide includes:
* Planning your trip - Information for all budgets whether you''re an independent traveller or joining a group
* Practical information - For travellers in Turkey, Syria, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and China
* 40 city guides with maps - Where to stay, where to eat and what to see in 40 stopovers along the way, including: Damascus, Palmyra, Aleppo, Antioch, Erzurum, Tehran, Esfahan, Shiraz, Mashad, Merv, Ashgabat, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, Tashkent, Osh, Bishkek, Karimabad, Gilgit, Rawalpindi, Kashgar, Khotan, Tufan, Dunhuang, Lanzhou, Xi''an, Datong and Beijing.
* Also includes lesser-known routes - Southern Taklamakan, Kashgar-Rawalpindi via the Karakorum Highway, and Marco Polo''s route to Xanadu
* Extensive history of the Silk Roads
* Useful phrases - Arabic, Farsi, Russian and Chinese
* Includes 50 maps