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The Silk Road is a historically important international trade route between China and the Mediterranean. Because China silk comprised a large proportion of the trade along this ancient road, in 1877, it was named the 'Silk Road' by Ferdinand von Richthofen, an eminent German geographer. 

It is now included in the World Heritage List of UNESCO. 33 historical sites are along the road in total and 22 of them distribute in Shaanxi, Henan, Gansu and Xinjiang of China.
 A brief introduction about this route includes its basic information, chronology, renowned attractions along the road, and other interesting knowledge.
 The road is not only an ancient international trade route, but also a splendid cultural bridge liking the cultures of China, Central Asia,  India, Persia, Arabia, Turkey, Greece, and Italy. The Four Great Inventions of China and religions of the West were introduced into their counterparts. 
 From the time Zhang Qian pioneered the world-famous Silk Road during the Han Dynasty, until the collapse of the Yuan Dynasty, it enjoyed a history of about 1,600 years.
 This ancient road begins at Chang'an (now Xi'an), then by way of the Hexi Corridor, and it reaches Dunhuang, where it divides into three, the Southern Route, Central Route and Northern Route. The three routes spread all over the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, and then they extend as far as Pakistan, India and even Rome. 

Other Routes

In fact, besides the Silk Road in the northwest of China, there are another two trade roads in the southwest of China and by sea, which also contributed greatly to the development of the world. They are called the "Southern Silk Road" and the "Silk Road on the Sea".
 The scenery and sights along the Silk Road are spectacular and intriguing. There are well-known Mogao Caves (Mogao Grottoes) in Dunhuang, the bustling Sunday Bazaar in Kashgar and exotic customs in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and more …
 There are all kinds of tour plans for traveling the world-famous road. TravelChinaGuide provides many tour lines for visitors to experience the adventures of this ancient trade road.
Xi'an Terracotta Warriors
Xi'an Terracotta Warriors
Crescent Lake, Dunhuang, Gansu
Crescent Lake, Dunhuang, Gansu
 It is necessary for tourists be aware of some travel essentials when they are on the road, such as weather, food, drink, accommodation, transportation and customs of minorities. Here provides detailed information about them. 
 The pictures show the stunning scenery of this time-honored trade route. They display not only the beauty of places of historical places, but also the natural wonders.
Camel Train
Camel Team in Desert, Dunhuang
Broad Prairie
Broad Nalati Prairie, Yili, Xinjiang
- Last modified on Oct. 15, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Silk Road
Asked by MEOWMEOWMEWCAT | Jan. 22, 2020 16:57Reply
What were the advantages of the Silk Road?
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Answered by Debbie from UNITED KINGDOM | Feb. 03, 2020 16:35

The Silk Road was a historical network of trade routes that connected China and the Mediterranean Sea, allowing cultural and economic interaction between the East and the West. The Silk Road carried goods and ideas for thousands of miles between great civilization for more than a thousand years. China's powerful Han Dynasty began expanding its trade routes towards the West in the years around 100 B.C.
Asked by Asif Nawaz from PAKISTAN | Jul. 31, 2019 11:55Reply
Are there any public buses from tashkurgan to kashgar city?
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Answered by Florence from CANADA | Jul. 31, 2019 18:39

Yes, the direct buses from Tashkurgan Coach Station operate from 09:00 to 15:00 every 60mins. Hope helpful!
Asked by Fabia Baumgartner from SWITZERLAND | Jun. 20, 2019 04:00Reply
How to get from the west of China to Tibet?
I saw on one of the maps, that there is a train route from Hotan to Ruoqiang planned. Is this route already built and if no, when will it be finished?
Are there any other ways how to get from Hotan to Golmud without stopping by in Turfan?

Thank you very much!
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Answered by Selina from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 20, 2019 23:59

I searched the information on the internet. It said that this section will finished in late 2022. Thus nowadays, passengers still need to get from Hotan to Golmud without stopping by in Turpan.
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