Throughout its long history, China has alternately opened its borders and walled itself off from the outside world. It was also an integral part of The Silk Road, a vast network of trade routes over land and sea. Ports in Southern China anchored what later became the Maritime Silk Road. As a result, the region became a melting pot of cultures, religions, and exotic goods. The ancient maritime route has inspired an ambitious trillion-dollar economic initiative as China charts a new course for the future. Anthropologist Ian McIntosh takes viewers on a fascinating trip to some of the key historical sites along the Maritime Silk Road, and reveals links between the past and the present.
Waves of Fortune: China’s Maritime Silk Road is a production of WFYI Public Media in cooperation with the Confucius Institute in Indianapolis.