On July 11th 2018, Lonely Planet elected top 10 tourist destinations. They are:
Top1 Gansu, China
Tops 2 Southern Tokyo, Japan
Top 3 Northern Kerala State, India
Top 4 Gongxi Road, Singapore
Top 5 Astana, Kazakhstan
Top 6 Takayama City, Japan
Top 7 Xian, China
Top 8 Sri Lanka Mountainous Area, Sri Lanka
Top 9 Malacca, Malaysia
Top 10 Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia
Among the top Asian tourist destinations 2 locates in China and they are just spread along the ancient Silk Road: Gansu and Xian.
Gansu, with Lanzhou as its capital city, lies on the upper part of Yellow River. It neighbors Shaanxi to east, Sichuan and Qinghai to the south, links Xinjiang to the west and Inner Mongolia to the north. Ningxia used to be the crucial part along the ancient Silk Road, it also the golden hub for international trading in ancient time. The famous tourist cities in Gansu are: Tianshui, Lanzhou, Xiahe, Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, Wuwei, Jiayuguan, Zhangye. And the most classic and most welcomed attractions for normal tourists are Mogao Grottoes, Echoing-Sand Hill, Crescent Lake, Jiayuguan Pass, etc. For people who have interest in Silk Road culture, It will be still not enough to take a Gansu tour for over 10 days. The numerous cultural relics explains Silk Road facts from various aspects..
Xian is the national capital city in the Han and the Tang Dynasties when Silk Road was explored and developed. The city is definitely one of the few best places to learn about Chinese history and research traditional Chinese culture.
“See the latest 20 years Chinese development in Shenzhen, see the Chinese changes in the past 100 years in Shanghai. If one has interest in the Chinese history in the past 1000 years he should go to Beijing. While if one want to understand the past 5000 years history of China, he has to go to Xian. ” That is a widespread saying in China. Xian, Athens, Rome, and Cairo are regarded as World Four Great Ancient Capitals. In 1981, Xian was evaluated as the World Historical City. The spectacular Terracotta Warriors and Horses, grand City Wall, and elegant Big Wild Goose Pagoda are three of the many highlight attractions of Xian.
No matter where are you from, as long as you love historical or cultural traveling, Xian and Gansu will never sad you. And a Silk Road tour can be a must-do in your lifetime traveling list!
If you have no enough time for the tour to the whole Silk Road, doing a 9 days traveling from Xian to Dunhuang you will see all the highlights attractions in Xian – Lanzhou – Xiahe – Zhangye – Jiayuguan – Dunhuang.