Many tourists like to trace the route of Silk Road when they have an educational China tours.
The Silk Road is a world-renowned trading route of ancient Chinese civilization which covers area including East, South and Western Asia, Mediterranean world, as well as North and Northeast Africa and Europe. The area in China on Silk Road includes Shannxi, Gansu, Ningxia, Qinghai, Xinjiang provinces with the length of more than 4,000 kilometers, more one-second of the whole route.
With the history of more than 2,000 years, the glamour of the Silk Road attracts many people to explore and witness with their own eyes. In the ancient days, the camel, hailed as the ship of dessert, was the main vehicle. But now tourists can take plane, train and coach to go sightseeing along the Silk Road.
There are numerous cultural and historical sites along the road including the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, praised as the eighth wonders of the world, Famen Temple which preserves the Buddha bone, Mogao Grottos in Dunhuang, Maijishan Grottos, Jiayu Pass of Great Wall, Ta’er Lamasery in Qinghai Province and relics of Gaochang Old City.
The natural landscape along the road is peculiar and magnificent. Qinghai Lake, Bayanbulak Grassland – a paradise for swan, Heaven Lake on Heaven Mountain, Yadan landform in Lop Nur, the Mountain of Flames in Turpan and Ghost City in Karamay add infinite fascination to the Silk Road. The numerous minorities live along the Silk Road. They are friendly and skilled in dancing and singing. With different history of development, ethnic groups here have retained their own traditional culture, religious beliefs and characters.
The best time to have a Silk Road adventure should be in May and October. The summer is searing hot and the winter is freezing. The average temperature in May is around 15C and the scenery is beautiful. The temperature difference is big in the morning and afternoon, so you should bring warm and cool clothes with you. The distance between two sites is far so that the most time of the day is spent in the car.
Because the silk road route is very long which takes you about over 14 days so that you'd better join a private China tours.
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