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Back to the Silk Road – three blogs (and more!)


coverfinalsmallThe Silk Road was one of the inspirations for this blog1 – it even says so in the About page.
Ever since I was a kid I spent lots of time reading books about the history of the Silk Road, and even planned an ill-fated adventure travel along the Road, that never happened.

I wrote a non fiction book about travelers along the Silk Road in the early 20th century (Avventurieri sul Crocevia del Mondo, available only in Italian) and of course the history and legends of the Silk Road are part of the series of novels and stories I started with The Ministry of Thunder.

The world wide web has been called the New Silk Road and indeed a lot of features of the old caravan tracks can be found on the internet – from the mingling of cultures to the trading of goods, from the exchange of ideas in meeting places to crime and banditry.
And a wealth of resources is available for those that would like to know more about the Silk Road.
Some you can find in the links section here in the sidebar, but I’d like to single out a few.


The idea, actually, was to put together a list of ten blogs about the Silk Road.
I am a blogger and i like blogs – I find them dynamic and up to date, the best tool to establish some kind of two-way communication.
And yet, it was hard finding blogs exclusively (or chiefly) covering the subject. If you know of a blogger that blogs about the Silk Road, please let me know in the comments.
So, for starters, here’s my personal selection of the blogs that I follow as they follow, each in its own way, the Silk Road.

  • The Silk Road Gourmet – Laura Kelley’s excellent resource on Silk Road food and culture. You don’t need to be a cook yourself to enjoy Laura’s posts (but trying some of these dishes is certainly part of the fun).

  • The Caravanistan Blog – Steven and Saule’s Silk Road Travel Guide website includes a great blog, chock-full of interesting articles.

  • Mongols China and the Silk Road – I am in awe of Hans van Roon’s blog – a huge, wonderful, dazzling collection of informations of the Silk Road and the Mongol Empire in China. This blog is absolutely unmissable.


Extra! – Five Great General, Comprehensive Websites on The Silk Road

Currently there is a growing interest on the comings and goings in Central Asia and Western China, and many websites exist for travel arrangements and expatriate support.
But these websites are a little different. Here you’ll find a ton of informations, links, documents and photographs.

And if you are looking for up-to-date news, you might like to take a look at

This has just been an experiment – and I hope I’ll be able to cover more web resources in the future.
As I said, if you have any suggestions, please let me know – the comments are open!

  1. no, not the underground marketplace that was recently raided and its creator sentenced to life. 

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

2 thoughts on “Back to the Silk Road – three blogs (and more!)

  1. What about fiction with the Silk Road as a background?


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