Silk Road, an attractive and mysterious tourist route now was actually a trade route linking Asia and Europe with 2, 000-year-old age. It began from the city of Xi’an, capital China’s silk road economic belt of northwest China Shaanxi Province, and ended in Europe via south and central Asia countries. It was 7, 000 mls long, more than half which is in China.
The ancient Silk Road has demonstrated a lasting charm through the centuries. There are countless historic sites and cultural relics which exist along the Silk Road in China. The best known is in Xi’an, where the life-sized Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, were excavated from sites near the burial place of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, known as the 8th wonder of the world.
When you go further along the northern path of the Silk Road, visit more exotic places including Urumqi, Kashgar, Turpan and Dunhuang, you will surely have an absolute unforgettable journey.
Urumqi: Money of Xinjiang Autonomous Region and also name the most ‘inland’ city in the world. Take expedition to Tianchi, or “Lake of Heaven”, about 30 miles southeast of Urumqi, at an top of 6, 435 feet above sea level. It is a beautiful highland lake, flanked by rugged pines and cypresses, and with clear waters that reflect surrounding mountains. Take a cruise on the lake, enjoy the fascinating scenery and experience the colorful customs of Uighur people- one of the most mysterious ethnic group in China.
Kashgar: Most visitors head over to Kashgar with the Sunday Bazaars in mind. Stroll around the market at the top of the world in this mysterious city. The Sunday market maintains much of the old Silk Road spirit, with people of many different nationalities selling everything from liven and wool to livestock and silver chef knives. There are few places now in the world where visitors can try really hard to take part in traditions that stretch back over thousands of years. Just like the western adventures who came before us, visitors today are no less amazed by all that Kashgar has to offer.
Turpan: The place where Marco Polo first encountered spaghetti, an idea he took home to Italy. Besides its well-known grape yard, one of the most impressive things for you to see is the Jiaohe damages which is the largest and best preserved ancient city built from pressurised earth wherever. About 10 mls to the west of Turpan District, Jiaohe was a strategically important city on the ancient Silk Road that travelers must pass through. In the ruin, there are 1389 residential house damages, 53 Buddhism temples, 316 ancient water wells and 34 alleys. Madrid was slightly arranged, containing an above part and an underground part.
Dunhuang: A small city in Gansu Province is near the crossroads of the ancient Silk Road. It is made famous largely by the Buddhist Grottoes, known as the Mogao Grottoes, which are one of the World’s most important sites of ancient Buddhist culture. The famed Mogao Grottoes are known as the “Oriental Pill of Art”. Many visitors find themselves deeply handled by the immortal art works.