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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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      4.816 Reviews
      Posted on January 06, 2020
      The Silk Road tour shouldn’t be missed. I could also enjoy the local architecture and landscape on the way to different scenic spots. Every day the schedule was very reasonable and I had enough time to pay a careful visit to every scenic spot. I would take my family to experience the Silk Road next time.
      United Kingdom
      Posted on December 16, 2019
      The guides explained professionally with profound cultural deposits. The itinerary was reasonable. The driver drove smoothly and comfortably. It was a very good Silk Road tour!
      Scott Goransson
      United States
      Posted on November 25, 2019
      I enjoyed the beautiful scenery of China and experienced the northwest customs on the Silk Road tour. The travel route was arranged reasonably and I understood the cultural deposits in different cities. The guides and drivers were very enthusiastic and professional. We stayed in comfortable hotels. In a word, I liked the Silk Road.
      Theresa Lee
      United Kingdom
      Posted on November 05, 2019
      It was very interesting for me to see the huge changes in the landscape in a limited time. The local people were also very friendly and warm. The regular tourist order made me had a good travel experience. The guides were very nice and reminded relevant considerations when we visited in various cities. The route arrangement was strictly in accordance with the itinerary and the car ride time was acceptable. It is recommended to choose this Silk Road tour if you want to experience Silk Road.
      Bronwyn J Barry
      United States
      Posted on October 24, 2019
      Travel China Guide provided a fantastic service and our group thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Their local guides and drivers were outstanding. Their itinerary was well thought-out and offered access to local sights and cultural experiences that we could not have accessed on our own. Travel China also offered great support for making all our other local travel arrangements, which made booking flights and trains much easier, and cheaper. Thanks for such a rewarding experience. I will certainly be recommending your services and will happily use Travel China again. ... More
      Fabiana Marlowe
      Posted on October 15, 2019
      It was a fantastic Silk Road tour. Many years had passed since the time of the ancient Silk Road. At some sites, only the outline could be seen and the main part of the buildings had been eroded by wind and sand. But there were still many well-preserved sites, such as the Mogao Craves which preserved colorful and exquisite murals and Buddha statues. It was amazing!
      Alan Ornelas
      Posted on September 24, 2019
      I felt that northwest China was broad and mysterious. The scenic spots were very beautiful and reflected the local culture and history. The guides explained in detail and told us many stories. The hotels had good environments and provided considerate services. I would like to recommend this tour to my friends.
      Glen Turner
      Posted on September 15, 2019
      The Silk Road tour gave me a good understanding of the history of the Silk Road. The contrast between prosperous Shanghai and Beijing and the vast and rugged northwest region was stark, which gave me a very wonderful travel experience. I liked it!
      Joan Quon
      Posted on September 09, 2019
      The whole schedule of the Silk Road tour was very reasonable. There were not many people in scenic spots. We had enough time to take photos and enjoy the beautiful scenery. This trip was very cost-effective. The dishes were to my taste. And I suggest that you bring some snacks when you visit to avoid physically exhausting. The guides were very professional and dedicated and took good care of us.
      Bertrand Vanmalden
      Posted on September 03, 2019
      It was a great Silk Road tour. The hotels were comfortable and the drivers pick us up on time. Northwest China was desolate but very mysterious. We didn’t know how big the territory of China was until we went along the Silk Road. In the off-season, ten carves could be visited in the Mogao Caves. I saw the beautiful murals and Buddha statues. It was a worthy trip!
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