Historical Geography Research ›› 2021, Vol. 41 ›› Issue (1): 92-104.

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A Study on the “Shaerhu Road” of the Hami-Turfan Section of the Silk Road in the Ming and Qing Dynasties

Song Lizhou   

  1. School of Marxism, Shanghai University of Engineering Science, Shanghai 201620, China
  • Received:2020-06-10 Online:2021-02-20 Published:2021-02-20


Based on the study of Map of Mongolian Landscape and other documents, this article restores and verifies the “Shaerhu Road”. This road starts from Shaerhu (Shaer Lake) in the southwest of Hami, then turns northwest to Shanshan, finally reaches Turpan, which is different from either Heifengchuan Road in the Ming Dynasty or Xiaonan Road in the Qing Dynasty. The terrain along the road is flat, with spring water and vegetation. It was an important section of the Silk Road in the Ming Dynasty, and continue to be used until the Qing Dynasty. It was widely used in the political and military confrontation between Ming and Turpan, Qing and Junggar in Hami, but was deserted due to the drying spring lake and hot climate.

Key words: Map of Mongolian Landscape, Journey to Junggar, Shaer Lake, Qaratobe

CLC Number: 

  • K928