Intrepid travellers ventured through blistering deserts and snow-capped mountains for just the chance to garner invaluable goods from lands of legend. A path known through the ages as the Silk Road. Although intercontinental trade formally began during the Han Dynasty, ruling from 206 B.C. to 22 A.D., the route dates even further back. From the linking of China to Constantinople, to branching throughout the subcontinents of India, Northern Africa and the Middle-East.