The Silk Road
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Silk Road, the trade routes which spanned Asia for over a thousand years, carrying Buddhism to China and paper-making and gunpowder westwards.
Tim Barrett is Professor of East Asian History at the School of Oriental and African Studies;
Naomi Standen is Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies at Newcastle University;
Frances Wood is Head of the Chinese Section at the British Library.