September 2, 2016
Ancient trade routes were much more than just a highway for the exchange of materials and goods from one distant place to another. Ideas and culture also traveled with ships and camels and horses. The Silk Road is certainly a prime example of the exchange and dissemination of culture.
Buddhism flowered in South Asia and eventually “traveled” to Central Asia and China. Here in Gansu Province, the Maijishan Grotto Complex is one of several grotto sites lying on the trade routes between northwest China and Central Asia.