SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA ›› 2006, Vol. 26 ›› Issue (1): 118-127.doi: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2006.01.118

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Panyu: The Earliest Set Sail Port of the Maritime Silk Route of South China —Some Views on A Review on Researches in Earliest Departure Harbor of Silk Road on Sea in Ancient China

ZHAO Huan-ting1,2   

  1. 1. Key Laboratory of Marginal Sea Geology, CAS, Guangdong Guangzhou 510301;
    2. South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, CAS, Guangdong Guagnzhou 510301
  • Received:2005-06-10 Revised:2005-10-25 Online:2006-01-20 Published:2006-01-20

Abstract: The paper by HAN Hu-Chu et al.commented the earliest set sail portof the maritime silk route of ancient China has some insufficiencies: ①this title is exaggerated. It is intended to discuss on China, but only discuss upon South China.② it is said that the people had a rather unanimous view, that is, three harbors of Hepu, Xuwen and Rinan in Beibuwan Bay were the earliest set sail ports of the maritime silk route of ancient South China, which is against Panyu theory. This is inconsistent with the facts, because some papers of the Panyu theory had not been listed as references and analyzed. ③ The arguments for Beibuwan Bay theory or against Panyu theory are not convincing. Based on the historical literature, archaeological achievement and historical geographical condition, this paper is analyzed these arguments one by one, as well as getting a conclusion—Panyu was the earliest set sail port of the maritime silk route of ancient South China.

CLC Number: 

  • K901.9