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Silk Road used to be an important business route that linked Asia, Europe and Africa from the Chinese Han Dynasty to the Yuan Dynasty. And now is well know as an attractive tourist route. As a popular tourist choice, the Silk Road has a lot of wonderful attractions, sightseeing and historical wonders for the enthusiastic travelers who want to discover the true beauty of Silk Road. In order to enjoy your travel plans in China, it is advisable to consult a reputable China travel guide.

A fascinating thing about the travel wonders of Silk Road is that for every sightseeing and attraction, there is a historical or cultural origin behind it. The pages below will assist you in exploring the mysterious Silk Road by offering you rich and helpful travel information.

Silk Road Tours

Silk Road indicates the ancient trading route that starts from Chang’an (todays’s Xian) or Luoyang, China and stretches to Africa and Europe. It passes through Shaanxi, Gansu, Qinghai Provinces, Ningxia Hui and Xinjiang Uygur autonomous regions and then stretches over the Pamirs, further extend to Central and West Asia and finally gets to the east bank of the Mediterranean Sea and Eastern Europe. There are numerous scenic spots and historical sites along the silk road waiting for discovering.

Travel Guide

Silk Road used to be an important business route that linked Asia, Europe and Africa from the Chinese Han Dynasty to the Yuan Dynasty. And now is well know as an attractive tourist route. As a popular tourist choice, the Silk Road has a lot of wonderful attractions, sightseeing and historical wonders for the enthusiastic travelers who want to discover the true beauty of Silk Road. In order to enjoy your travel plans in China, it is advisable to consult a reputable China travel guide.

A fascinating thing about the travel wonders of Silk Road is that for every sightseeing and attraction, there is a historical or cultural origin behind it. The pages below will assist you in exploring the mysterious Silk Road by offering you rich and helpful travel information.

Travel Guide


Silk Road Map

The Silk Road used to be a business route that linked Asia, Europe and even Africa. So the complete Silk Road route spread from Chang’an (today’s Xian) in west till to the east bank of Black Sea. Besides the cities we recommended, there are many cities in other countries along Silk Road waiting f... more>>

Silk Road Facts

What is Silk Road? The Silk Road is actually a business route net that connected the ancient China, west Asia, Europe, east Africa, north Africa and Arabia together. The expression “Silk Road” is created by German geographer Ferdinand von Richthofen in 1900s because the route is originally explor... more>>

Silk Road Travel Tips

Best time to do the Silk Road Tour Traveling in right time will largely enhance the extent of satisfaction. To get the best traveling experience, we recommend May, September, and October as the best travel time and never try a Silk Road tour in winter from November to March. Most of the attractio... more>>

Terms&Condition

After you satisfied with our service and ready to confirm the tour with us, you are kindly suggested to read the following terms & conditions before you make any bookings. Thanks for attention. 1. How to Make a Booking 1) Email Booking: Please send your inquiry or request by email to info@chi... more>>

Q&A Regarding Silk Road Tour

Q: What can we see when doing a Silk Road tour? A: Donging a complete Silk Road tour tourists will see more than 20 places of interest (including natural and cultural scenery) with Terracotta Army, Sangke Pasture, Jiayuguan Pass, Mogao Grottoes, Crescent Lake, Heavenly Lake, Id Kah Mosque, Jiaohe... more>>

Mogao Grottoes

Mogao Grottoes locates 25 km from downtown Dunhuang on the eastern slope of Mingsha Shan (Mount Echoing Sand). The 750 caves lasts 1600 meters long from north to south. And the size of grottoes vary a lot with the highest one of 50 meters to the shortest ones of less than one meter. The largest [... more>>

Crescent Lake

Crescent Lake locates about 6 kilometers south of Dunhuang city with a length of nearly 100 meters from south to north and a width of 25 meters from east to west. It was named Yueyaquan in the Qing Dynasty. Mildred Cable & Francesca French visited the lake during their travels in the region a... more>>

Echoing-sand Hill

The sand hill surrounding Crescent Lake is known as Echoing-sand Hill. The hill was named so because when the wind blows, the sand granulates flies and make the sound like singing. The hill is formed by loose sand. And the sand of the hill take five different colors: red, yellow, green, white and... more>>

Gaochang Ruins

At the foot of the Flaming Mountain, about 46 kilometers (about 29 miles) southeast of Turpan lying the Gaochang Ruins. The ancient city of Gaochang, and the ancient city of Jiaohe, which both locates nearby by Turpan City, are the best-preserved ruins of the ancient cities in China. Being built ... more>>

Sunday Market

Sunday Market is a must visit place for many tourists to Kashgar. actually there are many folk markets every day held in many places in Kashgar and other cities in Xinjiang. But usually the market on Sundays are busiest and most interesting. The goods on sale in Sunday Market are much rich in kin... more>>

JiaYuGuan Pass

JiaYuGuan Pass locates at the west end of Hexi Corridor and it is 5 kilometers west to Jiayuguan City. Being built in the early Ming Dynasty, it is the western starting point of Chinese Great Wall as well as the crucial pass of the Silk Road business route in ancient time. Jiayuguan Scenic Zone c... more>>

Abakh Khoja Tomb

Abakh Khoia Tomb lies about 5 kilometers east to Kashgar city at Hanhao Villages, covering an area of about 2 hectares. It is one of the must see attractions on the Silk Road route. The tomb is a architecture complex of ancient Muslim architecture which served as the family tomb land of Abakh Kho... more>>

Flaming Mountain

Flaming Mountain was called Red Stone Mountain in ancient times because of its color. It locates at the north fringe of the Turpan Basin. It is about 98 kilometers long from east to west and 6 to 10 kilometers from north to south, and the major peak has an altitude of about 831 meters. That [&hel... more>>

Heavenly Lake

Being surrounded by thick spruce forest and snow capped Heavenly mountain, the Heavenly Lake own the picturesque scenery and because its high altitude, Heavenly Lake is regarded as the ideal summer resort of Xianjiang. Actually the Heavenly Lake is the name of several neighboring lakes. Besides t... more>>

Mutianyu Great Wall

Mutianyu Great Wall locates 73km from downtown Beijing. It was built in the year 1368 when Zhu Yuanzhang, the father of the Ming Dynasty on bases of the Great Wall of Northern Qi Period. Mutianyu Great Wall is 5400 meters long and it is listed as the longest part of Great Wall. Mutianyu Great Wal... more>>

Hemu Village

On the lakefront of Kanas Lake lies a tiny village— Hemu Village, which enjoys the fame of “most beautiful village in China”. Hemu Village locates at the north part of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and the county it belongs to— Hemu Kanas County shares frontiers with Mo... more>>

Xian Muslim Quarter

The Muslim Quarter behind Drum Tower is a well known food street where tourist will find various authentic local food and snacks. The street is also one of the must visit places in Xian. Actually it consists of Islamic food area, ethnic group shopping center, Great mosque and living area of Hui p... more>>

Xian Museum and Small Wild Goose Pagoda

Xian Museum in Small Wild Goose Pagoda Scenic Area can be also regarded as historical sites or Chinese garden. The museum was open to public for free in 2010 and is well known for the historical and cultural relics, the neighboring Small Wild Goose Pagoda built in the Tang Dynasty and the Chinese... more>>

Lanzhou Waterwheel Garden

The Waterwheel Garden to south bank of Yellow River in Lanzhou City is one of the most distinctive spots along the Huanghe Fengqiang Line. Waterwheel garden consists of four parts: waterwheel sets, cofferdams, water mills, and amusement area. But it is most famous for the various sized waterwheel... more>>

Sangke Prairie

Sangke Prairie locates 1 km southwest to the Xiahe County Town. The broad flat prairie is embraced by the continues mountain ranges. The Daxia River floating through the prairie from south to west breeding the luxuriant grassland. The clear blue sky, the floating white clouds and herds of cattle ... more>>

Summer Palace

Summer Palace locates 15km west to Beijing City and borders another famous attraction Yuanmingyuan Park. In 2009, Summer Palace is ranked as the largest existed royal garden in Beijing. The Palace was built surrounding the Kunming Lake and nest to Wanshou Hill by borrowing the designing method of... more>>

Hutongs in Beijing

If you take a walk just along main streets of Beijing, you will find almost each part of the city looks just the same. But if you walk further to some Hutongs and talk with elder citizens living in Hutongs, you will find each Hutong has its own story and even legendary history. Hutongs in […] more>>

Forbidden City

The Forbidden City in center of Beijing was the royal city of the Ming and the Qing Dynasty. It is the largest and most completely preserved palace complex in the world. The Forbidden City is listed as the World’s Cultural Heritage by UNESCO and is a 5-star tourist spot in at national level... more>>

Temple of Heaven

Temple of Heaven at the east outer side of Zhengyangmen Gate was built in the year 1420 in the Ming Dynasty. In the Ming and the Qing Dynasties, emperors did worship to Heaven and worship for harvest here. In the year 1998, Temple of Heaven was listed as the World’s Cultural Heritage. Corre... more>>

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square locates at the very center of Beijing City and it is the largest center city in the world. The square covers an area of 44 hectares. It is 500 meters wide from east to west and 800 meters from South to north. The ground of the square are paved with light colored granite […] more>>

Great Mosque

The Great Mosque lies in the Huajue Lane close by the northwest the Drum Tower. Together with another great mosque located in the Daxuexi Lane they are known as the two oldest mosques in the ancient city of Xi’an. As the mosque lies to the east of Daxuexi Lane it is gain known as Eastern [&... more>>

Shaanxi History Museum

Shaanxi History Museum is located on Cui Hua Road, one kilometer away northwest of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. The museum mainly displays the historical relics excavated inside Shaanxi Province. The unearthed historical artifacts exhibition is divided into different blocks in time order according ... more>>

Binglingsi Grottoes

Binglingsi Grottoes at the Linxia Hui Autonomous County looks like Mogao Grottoes to some extent. The grottoes were made in the west cliff of Jishi Mountain. It is about 80km from Lanzhou and one way riding will cost about 1.5 hours from Lanzhou. There are 183 caves which house altogether 790 Bud... more>>

Sugong Pagoda

Sugong Pagoda locates at a village which is 2 kilometers east to Turpan city. It is a Muslim building with unique structure. The pagoda is also called as the “Turpan Pagoda” by local residence. It is the largest ancient pagoda exists in Xinjiang. The pagoda was originally built in the... more>>

Camel Ride

The Echoing Sand Mountain nearby Dunhuang City is made of yellow sand. Surrounding the mountain is some short trees and plants. The mountain is regarded as one of the most wonderful attractions along ancient Silk Road and Camel Ride is a most participated activity in one’s tour to the mount... more>>

Grape Valley

Grape Valley locates 11 kilometers northeast to Turpan. The valley lies beneath the Flaming Mountain and is 8 kilometers long from north to south and 2 kilometers wide from east to west. Inside the valley the Brook River, which has the melt snow from Tianshan Mountain as its water source. The val... more>>

Jiaohe Ancient City

Jiaohe Ruins locates 10 kilometers west of Turpan in a vally with a length of 1,650 meters from east to west and a width of 300 meters at the widest. Jiaohe was the capital of the ancient Cheshi State. An Indian proverb says, 'Intelligence is bound to exist where two rivers meet'. Jiaohe,... more>>

Karez Wells

Karez Well system is the pride of Turpan. Along with the Great Wall and Grand Beijing-Hangzhou Canal it is regarded as the three most important achievements of ancient China. At its peak, this irrigation system exceeded 5,000 km (3,106 miles) and was also referred to as 'the Underground Great... more>>

Gansu Provincial Museum

Provincial Museum is the largest comprehensive museum in Gansu province and one of the best sights of the city. The museum was built in 1956 with an area of 18,000 square meters. With 7,500 square meters of exhibition space, the Museum mainly features five exhibition halls, namely, the Hall of Ga... more>>

Labrang Lamasery

Labrang Lamasery is located in Xiahe County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province.The lamasery is well known for its grand architecture, its fine collection of books and documents and a history of more than 300 years. The temple was initially built under the supervision of Jiamuya... more>>

Duhuang Museum

The Dunhuang Museum is built in the year 1979 with an area of 2400 square meters, and it is located in the downtown area of Dunhuang City. The museum maily collects and displays the local cultural relics of local area. Generally speaking, the total collection of over 4000 pieces in the museum fal... more>>

Id Kah Mosque

The Id Kah Mosque locates at the central of Kashgar City, Xinjiang Uigur Autonomous Region. As the biggest mosque in China, it houses 2000-3000 worshipers every day and may accommodate up to 6000-7000 every Friday. Every year in Corban Festival, Muslims from every part of Xinjiang gather in this ... more>>

Xinjiang Regional Museum

The museum has a collection of over 32 thousand items. These not only represent the ethnic lifestyle and humanity of the region but also illustrate its revolutionary spirit. With such an abundance of items on display, the exhibition is widely acknowledged for its comprehensive and informative nat... more>>

The Bell and Drum Tower Square

Standing in the city center the Bell Tower is right at the intersection of the four main avenues running front north to south and east to west across the city. With its pedestal rising 8.6 meters up the tower totals 36 meters in height. And with each side measuring 35.5 meters long it covers an [... more>>

Big Wild Goose Pagoda

The Big Wild Goose Pagoda in Da Ci’en Temple, Xi’an City, is a national AAAAA tourism attraction and the key protection unit of the nation. The first abbot of Da Ci’en Temple is Master Xuanzang, a famous literature, traveler and Buddhist translator. Master Xuanzang used to study Buddhism in ancie... more>>

Terracotta Warriors and Horses

Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum locates in Lin Tong District, around 30 kilometers east to downtown Xi’an. This museum is the largest ancient military museum in China. The Terracotta Warriors and Horses is also ranked in the most great archaeological discoveries in the world of the 20... more>>

Xi’an City Wall

The Xian City Wall is not only the most complete city wall that has survived in China, but it’s also one of the largest and most complete ancient military systems of defense in the world. The city walls here were actually built on the fortifications of the Tang Forbidden City. When Zhu Yuan... more>>