In this episode we look at the life of one of the bravest and greatest adventurers of ancient times. Zhang Qian was selected by the Han Dynasty Emperor Wu to make a political alliance with a distant central Asian people, the Yuezhi. Zhang Qian’s thirteen year journey to the west between 138 BC and 126 BC brought back massive amounts of intelligence and understanding about those distant lands beyond Han China’s frontiers. This great adventurer and national hero of China paved the way for the explosion of two way trade that followed in his footsteps and led to the development of the Silk Road.
In this episode the wonderful voice of The China History Podcast presented by Laszlo Montgomery guides you through the story of one of the greatest explorers in world history. I could easily call Zhang Qian the Chinese Herodotus and in this epic overview of his rise and fall shows the hardships and danger that a Chinese National Hero endured in order to unite his world with a much larger one.
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