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Chang Chien

Chang Chien, also called Zhang Qian, was one of the most outstanding envoys and explorers in Chinese history. He also made a great contribution to the opening up of the ancient Silk Road.

Chang Chien was sent to visit Yueh-chih tribe and unite the tribe to combat their common enemy – the nomadic Hsiung-nu people (the Huns) during the reign of the Emperor Wudi of the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD). However, Chang Chien was captured and then imprisoned by the Huns for 10 years. Fortunately, he escaped and visited the Yueh-chih tribe. Another three years later, he returned to China. In total, his first journey cost 12 years. Read the rest of this entry »

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