Slow Boats and Caravans: Great Explorers in Chinese History
China was never closed to the world. The myth of Chinese civilization huddled behind the Great Wall, isolated and insular, is as much a product of Western imagination as any historical reality. For thousands of years, travelers, traders, scholars, and missionaries explored the overland routes and sea lanes connecting China with the rest of the world.
Originally published in the April/May 2017 issue of The Beijinger