≡ Menu
Vagabond Journey

The Next Big Project: The New Silk Road

The New Eurasian Land Bridge, or the New Silk Road, will be one of the big global stories of this era — and my new project.

When news of China’s “New Silk Road” was released a few years back I couldn’t help but find myself muttering a very satisfying “hell yeah.” A massive infrastructural and political project that’s overtly opaque, extremely relevant, and globally important that spans across a massive swath of geography which would require some irrational writer to dump years of their life and far more money than they could ever make back traveling to research just seemed too perfect. Although at that time I was buried in ghost cities. That project was gaining momentum, and eventually lead to a book. That’s done now, and I’m ready to start my next big project. So the next year or two of my travels will be spent between Lianyungang and Rotterdam, focusing on the “land bridge” that will soon connect them.

Although there are currently many contrasting versions of the actual routes, the vision behind this plan is to build a network of rail lines, highways, logistics centers, and new cities connecting China with Central Asia and Europe, with off-shots tying in many other nations and regions along the way. It’s a throwback to the old Silk Road, and is a good vantage point to watch how China is gaining influence and adjusting the balance of geo-political affiliations around the world. Though it’s being developed somewhat quietly, this project and its broader implications will be one of the big global stories of the coming decades.

001372acd0b5106e534e0a

land bridges

Silk-Road

New Silk Road

Filed under: China, New Silk Road, Vagabond Journey Updates

About the Author:

Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 88 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3441 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

Support Wade Shepard’s writing on this blog (please help):

Wade Shepard is currently in: Prague, Czech Republic

1 comment… add one

Leave a Comment

  • georgewu5 May 18, 2015, 12:28 pm

    When the Japs wanted to occupy the entire China in 1931, The U.S. intervened with warships docked in Pearl Harbor to blockade the Japs in the Pacific Ocean.Today the Japs is trying once more to try to invade China, Diayu Island is the starting point. But the Chinese leaders are very smart people. they took the backdoor to continue the economic growth. It is a market place of more than half of of the world population. With that who needs the Pacific Ocean ?! The new SILK ROAD is a very smart move of China ! George Wu, AIA, NCARB 2015-5-18

    Link Reply