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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 updated on Feb. 17, 2024 by Catherine He -
Questions & Answers on Silk Road
Asked by Sandra from SINGAPORE | Feb. 17, 2024 00:37Reply
how to travel from Urumqi to Korla
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Answered by Jessica | Feb. 17, 2024 17:37

There are high speed trains departing from Urumqi to Korla now and it takes about 4 hours. A ticket for a second class seat costs around CNY 108.
Asked by whitney from USA | Feb. 15, 2024 11:21Reply
Was it worth it for the traders to risk their lives on silk road?
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Answered by Hailey | Feb. 17, 2024 17:41

Well, I think yes and it is not so easy to have business at any time.
Asked by A Tiu from CANADA | Feb. 06, 2024 11:58Reply
which railway station (name of station) does the D train from zhangye west to dunhuang stop.
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Answered by Hailey | Feb. 06, 2024 23:28

It is Dunhuang Railway Station.
Asked by Sandra from USA | Jan. 29, 2024 19:59Reply
I’m a snake born on June 16th 1965 , I was married to a dragon born on Aug 3rd 1964. We were married and thinking about reconciliation. Should I move forward?
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Answered by Diana | Jan. 29, 2024 22:41

Your love compatibility is not bad according to the Chinese zodiac and just follow your heart.
Asked by mo from CHINA | Nov. 21, 2023 20:07Reply
self drive on silk road.
How safe is a self drive on the silk road from china
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Answered by Hailey | Nov. 23, 2023 00:01

It is pretty safe as long as you plan your itinerary very carefully.
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