The Silk Route was created by the traders and armies that used to travel through Central Asia to China. They were followed by the Mongul armies of Genghis and Kublai Khan, and it is this route that we follow across western China.
The gateway to China is the infamous Torugart pass, near the city of Kashgar, a wonderful place to see the mixing of the Tajik, Kyrgyz, Uighur and Kazak peoples of the region. You must be there for the Sunday Market.
On this journey we cross the Taklamakan Desert, ‘the desert you enter and never come out of’ to the western end of the Great Wall of China and climb onto the lower slopes of the Tibetan plateau to the holy city of Xiahe, with it’s remarkable Tibetan Buddhist temples and architecture.
There are numerous remarkable monuments, such as the giant Buddha of Bingling Si, the Jiaohe ruins at Turpan and, of course, the wonders of Xi’an and the terracotta army.
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