Two thousand years ago the camel caravans of the Silk Road traversed Central Asia, linking China in the east to Europe in the west.

Today a new Silk Road is emerging, with China once again a keystone of the new global economy

In a series of reports Al Jazeera's correspondents report from across China on the impact and implications of this New Silk Road.

Watch their reports below.

Day four: Shanghai

 

In the early 20th century, Shanghai was China's window to the world. Now, it is at the forefront of the country's economic renaissance and home to many who have made enourmous fortunes from China's capitalist push.

Al Jazeera's Melissa Chan reports.

 

Day three: Dalian

 

 

The port city of Dalian in China's northeast is rapidly developing as a centre for the IT industry. Home to a burgeoning number of Chinese software companies, the city is a symbol of a changing China.

Al Jazeera's Melissa Chan reports.

 

Day two: Xian

 

Before Beijing became China's capital, Chang'an was the centre of political, cultural and religious life. Chang'an's supremacy declined in the 10th century, but its modern-day incarnation, Xian, has been newly revitalised by a surge in domestic tourism.

Al Jazeera's Melissa Chan reports.

 



Day one: Xinjiang

 

Tension between Xinjiang's native Uighur Muslims and migrant Han Chinese is growing as Beijing seeks to exploit the region's potentially lucrative gas and oil fields.

Al Jazeera's Tony Cheng reports.