The Silk Road Atlas Activity
A. Examine the indicated pages of the following atlases to gain a better awareness of the geography of western China and Central Asia, the region through which the Silk Road runs.
Book of the World. New York: Macmillan, 1995
- (p. 33) Western Siberian Lowlands: How might this land impede travel?
- (p. 43) Nepal: Notice the drop off to the south. What vital river is to the south, just off the map?
- (p. 77) Volga: Locate in regular atlas.
- (p. 367) Beijing: Read the description of the city.
- (p. 377) Hong Kong: How is Hong Kong different from Beijing?
- (p. 411) Shanghai: How is Shanghai different from Beijing?
National Geographic Atlas of the World. Washington DC: National Geographic Society, 1992
- (p. 69) Asia Locate the following places:
- Szechuan Basin
- Taklamakan Desert
- North China Plain
- Lower Chang Jiang
- Lake Baikal
- Great Wall
- Wei River Valley
- Look at India. Pick out three features and identify them using the other maps. Look at West Asia. Pick out three features and identify using the other maps.
- Examine the maps on p. 70, 71 and 72.
B. Use the following atlases to examine western China and Central Asia:
- Blunden, Caroline and Marl Elvin. Cultural Atlas of China. New York: Facts on File, 1983
- Johnson, Gordon. Cultural Atlas of India. New York: Facts on File, 1996
- Robinson, Francis. Atlas of the Islamic World since 1500. New York: Facts on File, 1982
- Atlas of China. Rand McNally, 1992
- Hsieh, Chiao-min. Provincial Atlas of China. New York: Macmillan, 1995