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Take an adventurous journey along the world's oldest and most historically important trade route - the ancient Silk Road. Travel from Xian heading for Xinjiang, where the cultures of East and West vibrantly collide, enjoying the imposing desert scenery while taking a camel ride, appreciating the ancient and well-preserved Mogao Caves and souvenir hunting in the famous Sunday Bazaar. Our well-designed Silk Road tour package will never let you down.

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    What can you see along the Silk Road?

    Silk Road, a business and trade route, originates from the ancient China and connects with the Asian, African and European countries. It has a history of more than 2,000 years. The section within China spreads over several provinces and autonomous regions including Shaanxi Province, Gansu Province, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, Qinghai Province and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Starting a Silk Route tour, visitors can experience the glorious historical and cultural heritage, indulge in the charming natural landscape and learn about the diverse folk customs along the route as well.
     
    Along China's section of the route exist a great number of relics which are mainly the Terracotta Warriors - the eighth wonder of the world, Famen Temple with Sakyamuni Buddha's remains preserved inside, Dunhuang Mogao Caves, Maiji Caves, Jiayuguan Pass and the First Fire Tower of the Great Wall, Ta'er Monastery - a well-known Tibetan Buddhist temple as well as the Ancient City of Gaochang. Are you ready to join in our silk route tour and follow the footsteps of the ancients to explore this mysterious land?

    How to travel around the Silk Road?

    In ancient times, the camel, also named as "the Ship of the Desert", was the major mode of transportation on the Silk Road. But nowadays, with the rapid development of the transportation, tourists can travel the Silk Road by flight or train.

    If you intend to visit the main cities along the Silk Road, flight is the fastest and the most convenient way. Xian and Urumqi are the gate ways that have international airports connecting with the major cities in China and several international destinations. In addition, taking train is also a popular and economical way if you prefer to appreciate the landscape en route. But the long train journey might be less comfortable. Consider the duration of train journey when you make choices. Our travel consultant will offer you professional suggestions on your Silk Road journey. 

    As an important passage of the ancient Silk Road, there are several traditional trading routes and ports in Xinjiang, among which the Khorgas, Khunjerab and Alataw Passes are the three most important ones open to the foreign countries and regions. Travelers can travel to other Asian countries such as Kazakhstan and Pakistan easily by passing through the ports after completing China tour.
    Take a camel-riding to the Crescent Lake
    Enjoy the Uygur dancing show

    What is the best time to visit the Silk Road?

    Generally speaking, May to October is the best time for a Silk Road tour. Nevertheless, the peak tourist season varies in different places and regions.

    The best season in Xian is from March to May and September to October due to the pleasant weather and beautiful sceneries. 

    With the continental highland semi-arid climate, Xining is considered to be an ideal summer resort due to its mild weather throughout the year. The most favorable time to visit Xining is in summer when the land is covered by the grassland and the rape flowers are in full bloom everywhere.

    As for Xinjiang, the golden travel period is from August to October, during which the weather is getting cooler and various kinds of fruits are ripe for picking. Beyond that, you will also have chance to join in the grand local festival and if you are lucky see the Muslim’s religious pilgrimage.
    The enchanting scenery along the Silk Road awaits your discovery!
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      4.726 Reviews
      Gary
      USA
      Posted on August 11, 2020
      The scenery was very beautiful and there was no need to queue in scenic spots. In just a few days, we saw different landforms, splendid ethnic cultures, and distinctive lifestyles of ethnic minorities. We bought a lot of local products in the busy Sunday Bazaar. I was very satisfied with the Silk Road tour.
      Mussatto
      Spain
      Posted on July 13, 2020
      My family and I had a lot of fun during this Silk Road tour. We saw beautiful scenery, enriched our knowledge, and tasted delicious local foods. The guides and drivers were also very good. The guides were rich in historical knowledge and told us historical allusions vividly and carefully. The ride time was not short but the schedule was reasonable with plenty of free time every day. I would like to express my gratitude to the guides and the drivers who provided considerate services.
      Judy
      Australia
      Posted on June 21, 2020
      I enjoyed the Silk Road tour. The guides arranged the itinerary very well and tried their best to make us enjoy the most beautiful scenery along the way. The drivers were enthusiastic and always ready to help us. We visited many attractions and understood local culture and history by listening to the explanations. Highly recommended!
      Stephen
      USA
      Posted on June 02, 2020
      We spent a good time in the Silk Road tour. The guides and drivers were responsible and dedicated. The guides reminded us to take protective measures if the weather was not good. And we took some snacks and water when we needed to take a long ride. The beautiful scenery along the road and the distinctive attractions completely made us immerse in it. I left many memorable memories.
      Rafal
      Australia
      Posted on May 11, 2020
      The daily itinerary was very full but did not make me feel very tired. The tour guides were very careful and responsible and met all our requirements. We experienced an unforgettable Silk Road tour. It was hard for me to end this trip.
      Harry
      the United Kingdom
      Posted on April 07, 2020
      An unforgettable Silk Road tour! The guides were very familiar with the historical allusions of northwest China. They explained every scenic spot patiently and took good care of my families all the way. We were very happy and enjoyable.
      Amelia
      USA
      Posted on March 30, 2020
      The accommodations on this 11 days Silk Road tour were great, and so were the buffets and desserts. The beautiful scenery of northwest China (Xi’an - Lanzhou - Dunhuang - Turpan -Urumqi) was a feast for my eyes. And the Mogao Grottoes were even more breathtaking. The short camel-ride along the Echoing-Sand Dune was a unique experience in Dunhuang. Most worthy of praise was our guide, giving us thoughtful service and clear explanations. It was a warm and happy trip!
      Jason
      Malaysia
      Posted on February 28, 2020
      Under the guidance of the professional guides, I appreciated more natural scenery of China and the history of the Silk Road. It could be a satisfying Silk Road tour.
      Thomas
      USA
      Posted on February 15, 2020
      This was my first time traveling with a group and Travel China Guide did a fantastic job all the way! The attractions planned in our 13 days Silk Road tour package were all classic and through our guides’ wonderful introductions we learned lots of facts about the Chinese and western commercial road in ancient times. I liked the Xi’an tour most. Our visits to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, City Wall, and a local family were all great experiences! A very satisfying journey!
      Jason Kole
      New Zealand
      Posted on February 09, 2020
      We were very grateful to our guides for their thoughtful arrangements and focused explanations! We decided to book a trip to China on the spur of the moment so we were not well prepared. But the TCG gave us a quite amazing experience! We enjoyed the magnificent scenery in northwest China and the marvelous workmanship of nature on this Silk Road tour. The renowned Mogao Grottoes were really worth visiting! In particular, our tour guide in Urumqi, she had a slight fever but explained for us the Buddha Caves and Flaming Mountain with great enthusiasm. What a hard-working tour guide! I do appreciate all your help! ... More
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