Used by the permission of myself. (If you don’t get this, I’ll tell you: We students are supposed to type in “Used by the permission of ..” and type in the person’s name, when you use picture websites like Creative Commons and Flickr. But, I made this picture by myself, so it means I have to use this picture with the permission of myself, which does not make sense.) First, I’ll just explain some facts about making pictures like this since I like to talk about technology. You may skip this part if you want, but it may be useful. I made this picture using Pages (Apple) , and it is really easy. Get a background picture, (like Urumqi on the BG in my picture) and a main picture as a flag. I recommend you flags that have marks, and not plain colors. Click the picture one time, and then click Format, then Instant alpha. Make sure you hold click. The parts you don’t need will be highlighted with a color (example: red), and release clicking. If you need more information, there is a tutorial below, so enjoy!!
If I was a traveller on the Silkroad, I would stop at Urumqi, the city I studied, because there are various buildings as the drum towers, and they look awesome. Also, looking at Chinese traditional art is a great reason to stop by.
The most interesting thing I learned about Urumqi is that the city is in the Guiness Records. Urumqi is recorded as the most remote city from any seas. I think it is a really interesting fact, but I love seas, so I would prefer regions that are really close to the sea. (Laugh)
I would not like to go to Urumqi, because of religious reasons. Mostly the people are Islam, and I am afraid I am going to do something that is not allowed for Islams. If I study, I think I can go.
The physical geography is really important for the Silkroad, because it connects the east and west. If Urumqi was not connected, there would be not that much resources. Urumqi has resources because of the silkroad, and trade occurred.
I researched in the Internet, and Samarkand was connecting mostly the east and west. It means that Samarkand was extremely busy about trading and economy.
Lots of things happened. Some regions traded their weapons to fight with others. Some regions traded food to eat. I got to know about how the traded products passed on and on. I thought about how it was hard to trade in real life, but we just threw the string and then the products passed on and on. It was a really enjoying activity, and it was expressing how the middle city was very important. (travel until other regions)
Kate and Emily’s group was in the middle, and it looked like it was really busy, because they were holding loads of strings. It means that the middle city is the most busy place in economy.