SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA ›› 2004, Vol. 24 ›› Issue (6): 738-745.doi: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2004.06.738

Previous Articles     Next Articles

A Review on Researches in Earliest Departure Harbor of Silk Road on Sea in Ancient China

HAN Hu-Chu1, YANG Shi-Hong2   

  1. 1. Department of Chinese, South China Normal University, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510631;
    2. Department of Geography, South China Normal University, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510631
  • Received:2004-04-17 Revised:2004-06-16 Online:2004-11-20 Published:2004-11-20

Abstract: This paper provides a review on the researches in the earliest departure harbor of the Silk Road on Sea in ancient China, and concludes three opinions of consensus: (1)Though Pan-yu(Guangzhou) is a famous city in South China, it was not the earliest departure harbor of the Silk Road on Sea in ancient China. (2)Before being moved to Pan-Yu City in Wu-Jun dynasty, the center for traffic and overseas trade is always in Beibu Gulf in western Han dynasty, so the coastal cities in Beibu Gulf, like He-Pu City,Xu-Wen City and Ri-Nan City (in Viet Nam today), were the earliest departure harbors of the Silk Road on Sea in ancient China. (3)Though being the same earliest departure harbor as Xu-Wen City, He-Pu City was superior to Xu-Wen City in geographic position and natural conditions, and being more prosperous in Han dynasty.

CLC Number: 

  • K901.9