Yangzhou joins Maritime Silk Road cities alliance
2018-04-11 16:48:00

Aerial photo of the Yangzhou section of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. [Photo/VCG]

Yangzhou City in Jiangsu Province has joined other 23 cities signing an agreement for joint efforts to preserve the Maritime Silk Road and also apply for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Held in Guangzhou City, the first joint conference with representatives from 24 cities adopted an alliance charter to guide the effort.

The Maritime Silk Road includes East China Sea and South China Sea routes, which have a history of more than 2,000 years stretching across half of the earth. Jiangsu has five cities in the initiative - Yangzhou, Nanjing, Suzhou, Lianyungang and Nantong.

Yangzhou enjoys a unique geographical location. In the Tang Dynasty (618-907), it was the collection and distribution center for goods from the south and north thanks to the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, the Yangtze River and its proximity to the sea. At intersection of land and ocean-based Silk Road trade routes, Yangzhou was a crossroads of diverse cultures and international trade.

Merchants from places as far away as Persia brought jewelry, perfume and medicine to the city, and then left with Chinese specialties like porcelain and bronze mirrors. Diplomatic envoys from other countries visited Luoyang and Chang’an (Xi’an) after stops at Yangzhou. Chinese monks also started their sea voyages to Japan from the city. The once-prosperous Maritime Silk Road left a permanent mark on Yangzhou.

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