Silk Road

Carving a protective niche for Silk Road's caves

The Sleeping Buddha from the Mogao Cave in Dunhuang. Photo: AFP

The ancient Silk Road and digital technology would appear to be worlds and millennia apart but a new project is bringing the two together in the name of preservation.

Tuesday, 8 January, 2013, 4:21am

Trekker Jin Qiao leads walks across Asia

Jin Qiao, in his 50s, keeps a young state of mind. Photo: Simon Song

What is a walk worth to you? For some people, rushing to or from work down crowded pavements, a walk is just a means of getting from point A to B. But for Jin Qiao, the 54-year-old founder of the Beijing Today Walk Centre, this is perhaps the most ideal outdoor activity for residents of large urban areas such as Beijing or Hong Kong.

14 Oct 2012 - 4:36am

Staying true to its routes

The overland Silk Road has a cousin, the Maritime Silk Route, which began much earlier, carried more cargo and visited more cities than the famous camel caravans that crossed the deserts of Central Asia.

23 May 2012 - 12:00am

Routes that gave birth to global trade

It might seem as if globalisation and trade is a relatively new thing, but it is an age-old idea that has escalated over the past few centuries - and taken a more immediate route since the rise of the internet. Trade and civilisation has been working hand in hand for a long time.

28 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

The Silk Road in Ningxia

More than 100 archaeological artefacts such as pottery figures, stone sculptures (including a buddha, right) and coins dating back to the Northern Wei dynasty (386-534). The exhibits provide proof of the Ningxia region's important role in the promotion of trade and cultural exchanges between the east and west.

29 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Story of the Horse

Hong Kong Museum of Art

Ends Dec 28

3 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Hardship tour

It's often called the most romantic journey in the world. But Colin Thubron is quick to remind you that the fabled Silk Road 'is very tough, a tough area to go through'.

2 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Shadow of the Silk Road

Shadow of the Silk Road

by Colin Thubron

Vintage, HK$136

4 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma China Tour

The cellist (right) joins the ensemble to play traditional and new works inspired by the Silk Road trade route. Tue, 7.30pm, HK Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$300-HK$1,800 Urbtix. Inquiries: (Also performing in Beijing on Fri, 7.30pm, inquiries:

7 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Ancient wonders

The legendary Silk Road is the source of inspiration for Shanghai Tang's autumn/winter collection. Titled Kohtan, the collection draws upon tribal prints from Central Asia as well as traditional Han Chinese motifs such as peonies. Look for men's and women's clothing and accessories featuring the

29 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

New Silk Road to link Beijing, Black Sea

Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, China's border trade with the newly independent states of Central Asia has flourished. But a combination of poor roads and excessive customs restrictions had foiled plans to reopen the ancient Silk Road as a commercial land bridge between China and Europe.

27 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Extremes Along the Silk Road - Adventures off the World's Oldest Superhighway

Extremes Along the Silk Road - Adventures off the World's Oldest Superhighway

by Nick Middleton

John Murray, $135

14 May 2006 - 12:00am

Old road leads to new beginning for young Greenpeace activist

Curiosity got the better of Erinyes Chow Chung-wah when she was 26. With $40,000 in hand, the former Greenpeace China activist quit her job to spend a year travelling around the world.

20 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Global effort to rebuild and rediscover Afghan treasures

German conservation archaeologist Edmund Melzl carefully unpacked a lump of dun-coloured plaster from a polythene bag, pointed to a piece of straw embedded in it, and triumphantly said: 'This will tell us when the Bamiyan Buddhas were created.'

5 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Traces of ancient trade

A FASCINATING exhibition which takes visitors back to the very beginnings of trade on the South China coast is being staged at the Urban Council's Hong Kong Museum of History in Kowloon Park.

26 Jan 1996 - 12:00am