Marco Polo (1254 – 1324AD) a European explorer made reference to the Silk Road in his travels. It was much earlier time, during the Han Dynasty of China that these trade routes linked commerce with the ancient world from 130 BC- 1453 AD. The routes extending from China through India, Asia Minor, and northward to Mesopotamia, Egypt, Africa, Greece, Rome and Britain were boycotted by the Ottoman Empire with the West in 1453.
China’s President Xi Jinping proposed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as a development strategy to bring connectivity between Eurasian countries, primarily the People’s Republic of China, the land-based Silk Road Economic Belt and the Maritime Silk Road ocean trade routes.
It was not always known as the Silk Road. The German geographer and traveler Ferdinand Von Richthofen in 1877AD referred to the route as ‘Seidenstrasse’ or ‘Seidenstrassen’ being Silk Road, and Silk Routes. The greatest value of the Silk Road was the exchange of culture. Philosophy inspired the arts, religion and language, technology advanced science and architecture. Merchants of different countries traded commercial goods to one another.
“Without stones there is no arch” ~ Marco Polo
It is only fitting to begin our journey in Nuremberg, Germany and to seek adventures in new trade routes in the spirit of Marco Polo with Han Dynasty highlights in culture and tradition along the way.
This cruise mission for business trade and expansion will define a country strategy through this Expedition and upcoming events for opportunities through a collaborative platform for businesses interested in the One Belt, One Road Initiative, or Belt & Road Initiative (BRI). Everything from the infrastructure required to connect the “Belt” which is the physical road connecting China through Europe, and the “Road” being the Maritime Silk Road which includes the shipping lanes linking China, India, Africa and Europe, targeting approximately 70% of the world’s fastest growing populations, are part of our strategy to link businesses with opportunities in these regions with businesses looking to collaborate, fund and work together.
Meet with officials and businesses, network and be a part of the One Belt and Road Initiative.