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Kashgar market on the Silk Road
Kashgar market on the Silk Road

Press Release - 25 October 2006

Free public lecture: The Silk Road retraced

Local people can retrace the adventure of the ancient Silk Road trading route, in a free public lecture at the University of Bath on Wednesday 1 November.

Elisabeth Parry, a professional opera singer who co-founded the London Opera Players, will share her journey overland from Xian in China, following one of the routes taken by the camel caravans to Kashgar, and over the Tien Shan mountains into Kirgizstan and Uzbekistan.

The Silk Road was a complex network of routes through Southern Asia, linking the Roman Empire in the West with the Imperial Court of China. Silks, spices, perfumes and precious gems were transported, as well as knowledge and ideas.

Ms Parry said: “The journey ends in the fabled cities of Bukhara and Samarkand where the great mosques and medressas cluster amidst wide boulevards, high-rise hotels and municipal buildings, testament to the recent period of Soviet domination.”

Ms Parry has a great interest in travel. She has climbed in the Alps and the Pyrenees, trekked in the Himalayas and cruised in the Arctic. She lectures on her expeditions and the many fascinating and varied worlds she has seen.

Admission for the lecture is free and people can just turn up on the evening. Free parking is available in the West Car Park. The lecture runs from 5.15pm until 6.15pm in the lecture hall 8 West 1.1 on the Claverton campus.

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