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
    • Himalayas
    • 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

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