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Over 2,000 years ago, traders and travelers began using the Silk Road. It was a 4,000-mile stretch of trade routes that connected China to Europe. The road went through what is now Pakistan, India, and the Middle East. Goods and people could go across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. The Silk Road brought items to new places and allowed different cultures to mix.

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Making Connections


Most ancient Chinese followed one of three religious philosophies: Taoism, Confucianism, or Buddhism. Which would you want to follow and why?


Have you read any other books about ancient civilizations? What did they have in common with the ancient Chinese?


What are some things that wouldn’t exist without ancient Chinese people? How did they change the world?

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