The silk routes lined the vast regions of Asia with Europe and Northern Africa.
Three significant values associated with it are
(i) The silk routes are a good example of vibrant
pre-modern trade and cultural links between distant parts of the world.
(ii) These silk routes expanded over vast regions by lands and sea. It existed before Christian era and thrived almost till the 15th century. Chinese pottery, textiles and spices flowed from Asia to Europe. In return, gold and silver came from Europe to Asia.
(iii) Early Christian missionaries, Muslim preachers
travelled this route. Much before all this, Buddhism spread in several directions through intersecting points on the silk routes.