The History of the East China Sea Silk Road
Keywords:東海絲綢之路, 民間貿易, 齊魯蠶桑業, 海州灣良港, Silk Road of the East China Sea, Non-governmental trade, Qilu sericulture, Haizhou Bay harbors
LANGUAGE NOTE | Document text in Chinese; abstract also in English.
The inhabitants of China’s eastern seaboard initiated maritime navigation very early, and to a certain extent opened up sea routes from the ports along the coast. While engaging in private trade along sea routes, they also brought about the formation of the Silk Road in the East China Sea. Accompanying the gradual rise of sericulture in the Shandong (traditionally called Qilu) region, the center of maritime silk exchange gradually shifted northward. The special location of Haizhou Bay and other natural harbors was an indispensable precondition to the flourishing of the Silk Road in the East China Sea.
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