6 Extraordinary Sites Along Historic Silk Road

While the historic Silk Road needs no introduction, it really boast a wealth of exotic and amazing cities and tourist sites all along, of long history, profound culture, peculiar mountainous landscape, stretches of desert vast grasslands, as well as some finest examples of human art. Check out these 6 extraordinary destinations along Silk Road for a life-time experience in China!

12-day Silk Road Adventure by China Orient Express (Beijing to Urumqi)

Silk Road

Silk Road

Terra Cotta Warriors in Xian

Ancient Xian is the China’s capital city, and the starting point of legendary Silk Old on the East. Today Xian still boasts numerous relics, while Terra Cotta Warriors Museum is the most famous one. The museum has been divided into several parts, with three 3 pits accommodating thousands of life-sized terra-cotta warriors and vividly horses and chariots of Qin Dynasty (221BC-207BC). It is famed as the world’s eighth wonder.

Mount Maiji Grottoes in Tianshui

No matter whether you have heard about Mount Maiji Grottoes or not, it bears being recommended. First excavated in Later Qin of the Sixteen Kingdoms period (384AD-417AD), Mount Maiji Grottoe is one of the top four famous Buddhist grottoes In china. Maijishan Grottoes preserves 194 grottoes, with 7,200 pieces of clay or stone statues and mural paintings stretching over 1,300 square meters. Mount Maiji Grottoes resembles a huge honeycomb and is known as an ” Oriental Statues museum”.

Jiayuguan Pass & Overhanging Great Wall

While Great Wall is a must-see sight in China, Jiayuguan Pass & Overhanging Great Wall are the similar constructions along old Silk Road. Jiayuguan Pass is known as the western starting point of a section of the Great Wall of the Ming Dynasty (1368AD-1644AD), and the best preserved of the Great Wall’s ancient military fortresses. Seven miles away, overhanging Great Wall is another important defensive work in Jiangyuguan City.

Crescent Lake & Singing Sand Mountain in Dunhuang

Crescent Lake and Singing Sand Mountains together create a fantastic scene in the wild desert of Silk Road. The Crescent Lake is an oasis Gobi desert, surrounded by numerous sand dunes. And the sand dunes gradually gown into a sands mountain. Singing Sand Mountain is so named for the sound of the wind being whipping off the dunes.

Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang

The Mogao Grottoes find itself 25 km southeast of downtown Dunhuang, and is known as the world’s greatest treasure house of Buddhist art. Therefore, it is also named the Caves of Thousand Buddhas, with its construction beginning in 366 AD, and 492 grottoes contain 45,000 square meters of murals and more than 2415 painted sculptures still existing today.

Heavenly Lake & Tianshan Mountain in Xinjiang

Mt Tianshan stands at a an elevation of around 5000 meters, and was listed a UNESCO world natural heritage site in 2013. While Tianchi Lake (Heavenly Lake) is deep-blue lake hided away in snow-capped Tianshan Mountain and surrounded by hills covered with fir trees and grazed by horses. It will be a unique yet relaxed experience to take a boat on Tianchi Lake.

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