Michael Yamashita's@thesilkroadjourney

The Silk Road Journey pays tribute to legendary explorers Marco Polo & Zheng He by retracing their journeys along ancient trade route. Workshop in Oct

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Marco Polo never mentioned the Great Wall, leading some extreme critics to doubt his ever having been in China. However, the Wall only became continuous and "great" centuries later. Shown here is the Wall at Jinshaling, north of Beijing.
#jinshanling #jinshaling #greatwall #greatwallofchina #hebei #China #silkroad #MarcoPolo @yamashitaphoto @supchinanews @natgeo.media @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety

Jinshanling Great Wall
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Fossil Coal: Fire without flames - The Qilian Mountains have rich coal reserves, as first cited by Marco Polo.
#coal #QilianMountain #Gansu #China #silkroad #MarcoPolo #QilianMountains @yamashitaphoto @supchinanews @natgeo.media @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety

Gansu
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“It is a fact that all over the country of Cathay there is a kind of black stone existing in beds in the mountains, which they dig out and burn like firewood.” The Travels of Marco Polo, Vol. 1, Bk. 2, Ch. 30
#coal #QilianMountain #Gansu #China #silkroad #MarcoPolo #QilianMountains @yamashitaphoto @supchinanews @natgeo.media @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety

Gansu
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Asbestos: The cloth that doesn’t burn - “When first made these napkins are not very white, but by putting them into the fire for a while they come out as white as snow. And so again whenever they become dirty they are bleached by being put in the fire.” The Travels of Marco Polo, Vol. 1, Bk. 1, Ch. 42 - Dangerous asbestos dust pollutes the air around a worker in Zhangye.
#asbestos #Zhangye #Gansu #hazardouswork #MarcoPolo #silkroad @yamashitaphoto @supchinanews @natgeo.media @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety

Zhangye
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This windswept dune was known as the Sands That Sing to travellers like Marco Polo: “… when one of them chances to lag behind […] when he tries to gain his company again he will hear spirits talking and will suppose them to be his comrades, […] and thus shall a traveller oft times be led astray so that he never finds his party. And in this way, many have perished.” The Travels of Marco Polo, Vol 1 Bk 1, Ch 39
#Gansu #China #Taklamakan #desert #taklimakan #Dunhuang #singingsanddunes #mingshashan #camels #MarcoPolo #silkroad @yamashitaphoto @supchinanews @natgeo.media @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety

Dunhuang
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“Everything is to be had there in plenty, including abundance of cotton, [with flax, hemp, wheat, wine, and the like]. The people have vineyards and gardens and estates. They live by commerce and manufactures, and are no soldiers.” The Travels of Marco Polo, Vol. 1, Bk. 1, Ch. 36 - Yarkand: Cultivating the desert - planting cotton seeds.
#Yarkand #Yarkant #Xinjiang #China #planting #farming #agriculture #MarcoPolo #silkroad @yamashitaphoto @supchinanews @natgeo @natgeocreative @natgeo.media @thephotosociety

Yarkant, Xinjiang, China
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In the Hotan region, the boiling of the silkworm cocoons is carried out using a long-established method.
#silkworm #silk #Hotan #Xinjiang #China #MarcoPolo #silkroad @yamashitaphoto @supchinanews @natgeo @natgeocreative @natgeo.media @thephotosociety

Hotan, Xinjiang, China
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