Above the battlefield sun ascended drive again go into battle the soldiers, where the air is heavy and immobile, and the grass here ... with the blood of lilac - wrote a thousand years later, the great poet Li Bai. Emperor Wu was looking for allies among the steppe tribes hostile Huns; He knew far nazapade live Timeless yuedzhi Huns - and sent him to the ambassador, the Guard officer Zhang Qian. Zhang Qian had to go through many thousands of whether the steppes and deserts, to get past the Hun nomads and reach the places where the sun sets. It was almost an impossible task, Zhang Qian was soon captured by the Huns, converted into a slave and ten years of milking goats for their owners. Then he managed to escape, and he went through the desert to the west - he tried in that that was the errand of the sovereign. He crossed the snow-covered mountain passes and suddenly saw before him ANOTHER WORLD: wide rivers and crowded city with temples and palaces. He was shocked: because Chinese believed that the city and the temple is only in China, but there, in the West - just sand and mountains. In this other world unseen trees grew, there were spices and grapes - and, what is especially interested Guards officer - there were grown beautiful horses that are so necessary to fight the Huns. Zhang Qian made a pact with the leader yuedzhi and went back across the desert - and was again captured, escaped again, and eventually returned to the capital of Chang'an. He reported to the emperor of the existence of another world - and Emperor Wu ordered his generals to break the corridor between the two worlds. In 102, the famous commander Li Guang-li with 60 thousandth army broke through the Huns belonged to the desert and opened the way to the west - then the road became known as the Great Silk way.