The Silk Road and Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes

The ancient Silk Road once played a most important role in the exchange of both trade and culture between the regions and countries of Europe and Asia. The history of the Silk Road dates back to more than 2,000 years. It started in Chang'an (present Xian, Shaanxi Province) in the east and extended to Rome, Italy, in the west. The route passed through Shaanxi, Gansu, Qinghai Provinces, Ningxia Hui and the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, and then further extended into Central and West Asia before finally ending at the east bank of the Mediterranean Sea and Eastern Europe. The total length of the Silk Road is over 7000km, over half of which is within China.

There are numerous scenic spots and historical sites along the Silk Road, and our adventure trips will take you to these jewels of wonder. Some of the attractions on the Silk Road include: the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses of Xi'an, the Yellow River and Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves of Lanzhou, the Eastern Han Tomb and Confucius Temple of Wuwei, China's largest Reclining Buddha of Zhangye, Jiayuguan Pass, the Mogao Grottoes of Dunhuang, Yangguan Pass, the Turpan Basin, the Bazaar of Urumqi, Abakh Khoja Tomb, Idgar Mosque, Old Town of Kashgar and (Kashi), and much more.

Along the Silk Road you’ll be taken from the central yellow plains of China to the rugged deserts and lush oasis of Xinjiang. Riding camels across the desert, exploring ancient ruins of empires past, haggling in Muslim bazaars, and watching authentic Muslim dances and performances are part of the aura of this journey across cultures. Roam along the ancient trade route, imagine its apex in history, and experience the mystique and romance of the Silk Road.

Jiayuguan Pass of the Great Wall of China

A quick fact of Jiayuguan

Jiayuguan is located at the western end of the Hexi Corridor in Gansu Province. The traffic fortress of the Silk Road was built in the five years of Ming Hongwu (AD 1372), 6 kilometers southwest of Jiayuguan city. The two walls of the Chengguan crossing the desert Gobi, 8 kilometers north to the Great Wall of Heishan, 7 kilometers south to the first pier of the world, is the starting point of the western end of the Great Wall of the Ming Dynasty. Jiayuguan is a dangerous place. Known as the world's number one hero. It echoes with Shanhaiguan, which is thousands of miles away, and is famous all over the world.

Here is the main traffic route of the ancient Silk Road. Zhang Ye once brought the camel caravan loaded with silk slowly to the west. Here is the west starting point of the Great Wall of Ming Dynasty. When Jiayuguan passed out in ancient times, it was the vast Gobi, farewell to the Central Plains homeland. Into the wilderness.

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