The Silk Road

China Overview

Follow Marco Polo's footprints, the ancient silk road is a once in a life time journey. It was one of the most important arteries of trade and culture in world history. Centuries before planes and trains and merchants ships brought our world close together, Silk Route was the first link that ever connected East and West and the life blood of international trade in ancient time. Immensely caravans and merchants have traveled on this route between ancient China and Mediterranean bank area for two millennia. The trading activity has brought culture exchange, religions spreading and contrasts to the connected regions and formed a remarkable culture tie featured by Asian, European and the Mediterranean bank

Started from the ancient China capital city Changan (Xian at present), the Silk Route stretches more than 7000 kilometres reaching the Mediterranean bank. The route was first created by an envoy called Zhangqian assigned by the Emperor of the Han Dynasty to deliver gifts which were mainly silk to those local regimes in the past West China, to hold their loyalty and to be allies of the Han Dynasty. Since the Chinese highly qualified silk had made its fame to the western countries, the merchants sought the opportunity of trading Chinese silk along this route and gained a great fortune. Few people would really finish the whole silk route journey rather they just mainly traded in a certain period of certain local crafts such as silk, blanket and carpet etc to other merchants of other periods. Each time everybody marked the price up along the way. In the end, silk, perfume, jade and sliver from China, cotton from India, ivory from Saudi Arabic, spicy from Iran and olive oil and wine from Mediterranean bank were all traded along the Silk Road. Thousands and thousands people have taken part and numerous goods traded in this great international trade at that time. The main cities along the Silk Road had grown larger and more important in helping the trade and merchant and caravans. Cities like Changan, Dunhuang, Kashgar, Istanbul and Rome had gained great benefits along the trading process.

Today, Chinese president Xi Jinping has announced to invest 14 billion dollars to boost the new Silk Road program which has a rather poetic name called One Belt One Road. It is more like a modern version of the ancient Silk Road, call it the “Silk Road Plus” if you are an Apple fan. The “One Belt One Road” is aiming to help those connected regions in culture and economy exchange with a more advance road net work consisted by airplanes, railways, high ways and even container ships.

While the ancient Silk Road today is rather a historical travel route on which you can experience interesting history and enjoy exotic culture. The Chinese section Silk Road stretches more than 4,000km on the gigantic regions of northwester China, an almost dizzying agglomeration of desert, grassland, raging river and colossal mountains. The best highlights are a series of historical towns, ruins and cultural sites linked as a chain of pearls which are Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang, the Qinghai Lake in Xining, the Heaven Lake in Urumqi, the Gaochang Ancient City in Turpan, etc. There are also several ethnic groups regions along the silk route such as Mongolians, Huis, Uygurs and Hazaks who have maintained their unique traditions, cultures, living habits and religious beliefs embodying the culture exchange soul spirits of the Silk Road. All these magnificent ancient towns fulfilled with exotic cultures and mysterious history is waiting to present you a splendid Silk Road journey! Pack your baggage! Join us to trace the footprints of ancient travelers and create a unique Silk Road journey of your own!! Following are our detailed introduction, most read travel tips and best collection of Silk Road Tour Packages which are highly valuable, enjoyable and customizable!

Major Cities along The Silk Road

Shanghai, Xi'an, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Beijing

From $ 3061

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Beijing, Xian, Lanzhou, Xiahe, Wuwei, Zhangye, Jiayuguan Pass, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Kashgar, Shanghai

From $ 3683

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Beijing, Urumqi, Kashgar, Turpan, Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, Xian, Shanghai

From $ 3510

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Urumqi, Kanas Lake

From on request

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Beijing, Lanzhou, Wuwei, Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Beijing

From $ 2326

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