Xuan Zang followed one of the ancient routes of the Silk Road trade that connected East
Asia through Central Asia with South Asia and the Mediterranean and Europe. What can
we learn about the past and the present of the interconnected world along the Silk Road
from such an account? Please include some specific examples for your analysis.
The creation of the Silk Road. The silk road did not only economically link each the
Asian empires together, but offered an exchange of goods, cultures, language and
practices. According to Professor Chen, “besides its economic impact, these are certain
products that contributed to the Silk Road (in addition to culture and ideas) from China:
Silk, gunpowder, paper, compass rhubarb, bamboo, mirrors, ginger, lacquer ware,
chrysanthemums (later, tea, porcelain). Plus science and technology such as printing,
papermaking, philosophy, Confucianism, and Daoism. From Central Asia: Furs, walrus
tusks, amber, livestock, horses, falcons , hides, copper vessels, tents, saddles, and slaves.
From India: Cotton textiles, herbal medicine, precious stones, spice, plus
Buddhism/Hinduism, science such as medicine, mathematics, and philosophy. Of
course, central Asia were not the only ones benefiting from the Silk Road, from the
Middle East: the silk road received Nuts, almonds, dried fr uits, dyes, lapis lazuli, swords
plus merchants, Islam, and astronomy. Last but not least The Mediterranean contributed
Gold coins, glassware, glazes, grapevines, jewelry, artworks, perfu me, wool and linen
textiles, olive oil, plus Chr istianity. It is through the Silk Road that the old Chinese
civilization got to be known to the world and the outside world came to understand
ancient Chinese life. It is through the Silk word that all of the above were exchanged and
exposed, causing more integrating of cultures all over Asia, if not everywhere in the
The Civil Service Examination System in the Tang and Song dynasty
It was an examination, which allowed equality to prevail. It was a system, which allowed
government candidates to be chosen t hrough merit rather than by elite status or relation.
This caused the China’s commercialized economy to boom, for pr inting for profit to be
widely us ed, and most impor tantly increased literacy. The establishment of the imperial
system was an effor t to consolidate power and centralize control, which worked
The major scientific/technological inventions or innovations in Tang China
The tang dynasty took place during 618 0 907 C.E it included great poetry and art, as well
as the control of central Asia. The Tang dynasties most major scientific inventions and
development in science and technology was t hat of the invention of gunpowder and the
development of block printing.