China Part 3: Towards a provisional itinerary.
So far I intend to go to:
(i) Khotan: Hetian silk factory, places producing silk using more traditional methods, and the Hetian Cultural Museum.
(ii) Suzhou: Silk embroidery research centre and the silk museum.
(iii) Shanghai - silk markets and modern silk factories.
(iv) Train to Guangzhou. Try and speak to someone in the University Institute for Geography and go out to local silk farms to find places that depend on silkworm cultivation.
(v) I also hope to go and see a place that deals with silkworm research.
(vi) Maybe speak to some archeologists who can show me scraps of ancient silk.