5000 kilometers long, the site stretches from Luoyang, the central capital of China in the Han and Tang dynasties, to the Zhetysu region of Central Asia. This section of the extensive Silk Roads network took shape between the second century BCE and the first century CE and remained in use until the 16th century.
The Silk Road linked the ancient societies of Asia and facilitated far-reaching exchanges of trade activities, religious beliefs, scientific knowledge, technological innovation, cultural practices and the arts. It contributed to the development of many of the world’s great civilizations.
The routes network of Chang’an-Tianshan Corridor consists of 33 components that include capital cities and palace complexes of various empires and Khan kingdoms, trading settlements, Buddhist cave temples, ancient paths, posthouses, passes, beacon towers, sections of the Great Wall, fortifications, tombs and religious buildings.