Ban Chao, a Silk Road Legend
The “Belt and Road Initiative” is China’s national strategy. The historic Silk Road is not only an ancient commercial trade route connecting Asia, Africa and Europe, but also a road between the East and the West for economic, political and cultural exchan
Ban Chao, a famous diplomat of the Han Dynasty (206 BC–AD 220) who forever changed the history of the Western Regions of China, made trade with the Eastern Roman Empire possible.
The day had a gentle breeze and clear sky. In a low military tent, the atmosphere was unusual. An august general sat northward solemnly, and a scholarly military officer stood opposite him. They both kept silent. Time was slipping away. The general broke the silence: “According to the imperial edict, His Majesty permits you to lead a delegation to Western countries.”
This anecdote occurred one day in AD 73. The general was Dou Gu (?– AD 88), renowned