Chengdu: Start Point of Southern Silk Road
People would associate Qionglai City in western Chengdu with a wine-making base and the venue of a romantic love story, the real-life Oriental equivalent to the Romeo and Juliet, that happened about 2, 000 years ago, but few of them know that the site was a very important post the ancient route that, for two thousand years and more, connected the heartland of China to the southern Asia.
The route even has a longer history than that of the famous Silk Road, as believed by historians who are giving more attention to its study and recent archaeological discoveries have confirmed the historical records that there has existed a large-scale trade and cultural communication between southwestern China and the outside world since remote times.