In search of Cathay, Part I


Does anyone know the origin of this word? And did you know this was what China was referred to by the west Asians and Europeans for millennia until the last few centuries? As far as we had done the research, it might had been something to do with the visitors who journeyed through central Asia on their way back to the west. One of them is supposedly Marco Polo. It is said the word or pronounciation came about from the way the folks in central Asia referred to the land inhabited by the Chinese. We’ll leave you to verify that.

Cathay was home for a full four years when Mel was based there for an assignment. And during those years we made quite some journeys around this continental sized country. As you might have read in our other posts, this could have been our YOLO moment! Being based in Shanghai was indeed a blessing for it was so well connected both by air, rail or road. So begins our series of handprint stories on China.

Where did we start our journeys you ask?

The famed Silk road! This trade route of thousands of years spans from Xi’an (西安) supposedly to Rome. Of course not just Silk travelled along this route, other products and religions too! And you have to know that conditions for tourism in that part of China back in the day was not exactly the most luxurious. So how did we fare and what did we see and do?

Come on and join us as we reminisce this fantastic adventure. Part I begins here.

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

6 thoughts on “In search of Cathay, Part I”

    1. Oh this journey was taken many years ago. And the conditions are much better now re the bus, trains etc. So you still get a touch of luxury when you travel the silk road these days!


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