Silk road traces in C China's Luoyang

Added On May 15, 2017

With this week's Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation grabbing the headlines, the 2,000 year old route that inspired the policy -- the Silk Road -- has been thrust back into the spotlight.
Today, LIFESTYLES goes in search of some of the traces still left from this ancient route, in Luoyang, in central China's Henan Province.
The development of the ancient Silk Road has left many ancient remains in this historic city.
SOUNDBITE(CHINESE): NIE XIAOYU, Staff member at Luoyang's cultural heritage sector
"Why it is listed in the World Cultural Heritage List? That's because during the first to the sixth century, Luoyang, as the capital of the Eastern Han Dynasty, was the starting point of the ancient Silk Road. The city served as an important connection between the eastern and western culture. We have unearthed pottery figurines here with western characteristics."
23 kilometers from Luoyang, there is a military fortress left from ancient China, called the Hangu Pass. 
It was built in China's Western Han Dynasty, about 2,000 years ago. It was also the first pass to go to the west from Luoyang and an important point along the Silk Road.
SOUNDBITE(CHINESE): FU LONGJIAO, Staff member of Hangu Fortress
"The Hangu Fortress was built in 114 BC by a general of West Han Dynasty. It was based on the former fortress in the Qin Dynasty. The fortress has witnessed the business communication between the east and west and facilitated the formation and development of the Silk Road. So it is called the 'Major Fortress' on the Silk Road."
Today, the fortress has a place on the World Heritage list, and serves as a ancient reminder, of just how long trade has been conducted along this route.