Caravans of hundreds of camels made their way back and forth across the Silk Road. With its wide-placed feet that kept it from sinking in the sand, and its ability to go days without water, the camel was the ideal pack animal for this arduous trip.


Horses were of tremendous importance to the ancient Chinese. Invested with sanctity by tradition and revered as a relative of the dragon, the horse became an instrument of military and diplomatic policy, as well as a status symbol by the Tang dynasty (618-906). Imported from various parts of Central Asia and even further afield, foreign […]