Silk Road 500 BCE to 1000 CE


Silk Road develops

500 BC - 200 BC

China begins developing a form of overland transportation of silk products.

The Han dynasty comes into power

206 BC - 220 AD

The Han dynasty which succeeded the Qin dynasty encourages a gradual increase in the Silk roads range. Eventually going further than the Central Asian barrier into the Roman Empire.

The Silk road comes into fruition

200 BC

The Silk road had established itself, and perpetuated itself through a vast range. Ultimately tough the Silk Road not only served as a way to move the Chinese product of silk , but other goods as spices, furs, and gunpowder. In return though the Chinese received ivory, gold, and horses.

Western trade routes established

138 BC - 125 BC

A diplomat Zhang Qian is sent to establish a trading route between the east and the west.

Rome discovers silks existence

53 BC

Rome discovers the existence of silk through a battle with the Persians.

Buddhism arrives in China

100 AD

Buddhist arrive in China and begin preaching the new religion.

Buddhism excells

220 AD

In the Han dynasties decline, as turmoil ensued, Buddhism inspired the needed factor of hope and belief.

Silk production is leaked

400 AD

The secrets of fabricating silk are leaked out of China.

Central Asian bootlegging

500 AD

Silk worm farms are created in Central Asia.

Buddhism thrives

600 AD

Buddhism which has already established itself as a domineering force within China, travels toward Japan.

European bootlegging

600 AD

European silk worm farms develop.

Tang dynasty

618 AD - 907 AD

The Tang dynasty is established, and Buddhism remains at the top of the social stratosphere.

Christianity enters China

638 AD

Christian missionaries bring Christianity through to China.

The Silk Roads climax

750 AD

The silk roads trafficking reaches its peak, then steadily declines. Chang'an Chinas capital is the richest city in the world.

The Tangs coming end

845 AD

As the Tang begin to decline further, the government fearing that too much power is falling into the hands of the Buddhist, persecutes the religion, and closes China from foreign influence.

China closes its mind

907 AD

At the collapse of the Tang, the Chinese government finalizes its decision banning foreign religions.