Marie-therese Barrett

For Marie-therese Barrett's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Jun 28, 2000

Beguiling smiles along an ancient road

All Silk Roads lead to Xian, China’s capital during some 2,000 years of its history and the cosmopolitan center of East-West trade during the Tang Dynasty (618-907). After leaving Lanzhou, though, it would be a shame to head straight for Xian, as most tourists ...

May 24, 2000

Echoes of Gandhara and ancient Rome

LANZHOU, China — Four hundred kilometers from Dunhuang the Jiayuguan Pass, the “Greatest Pass Under Heaven,” marks the old border between China proper and the Western Territories. The Chinese considered it the outer limit of civilization. In the 5th century B.C. the legendary Taoist ...

Apr 26, 2000

Buddhist cave art and mummies on the Silk Road

An overnight stop in Urumqi (there’s even a Holiday Inn) gives a chance to see the museum there at leisure. Especially the famous mummies, perfectly preserved by the dry desert air in the tombs of the region, and the variety of grave goods, textiles ...

Apr 19, 2000

Kashgar to Turpan along the Silk Road

A journey on the Silk Road in the year 2000 is a less adventurous undertaking than when General Zhang Qian, the “Great Traveler,” set off in 138 B.C. toward the unknown lands of Central Asia. His mission for the Han Emperor Wudi was to ...

Oct 9, 1999

Beijing throws new light on Silk Roads

BEIJING — As China celebrates the 50th anniversary of communist society and evolves toward a more prosperous future, it is once again recognizing the value of its rich past. China never was the monolithic power it seems to be, but always a web of ...