The Guardian launches a “week-long series” about China’s Belt and Road initiative — basically a 21st century silk road that involves gigantic investments across Asia, Africa and Europe.

Here comes this nice explainer, which uses simple animated graphics to convey the breadth of the project. You’ll find this huge globe that serves as a good introduction.

The New Silk Road - interactive by the guardian

I also like this “chart loop” which runs on autoplay — an interesting idea to bind the charts together in the broader narrative.The New Silk Road - interactive by the guardian

The first episode of the series also shows some creative storytelling to showcase original photography. Here is an uncommon slider with captions (also on autoplay), and a portrait gallery that you can browse on tap.

The New Silk Road - interactive by the guardianThe New Silk Road - interactive by the guardian

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