The western end of the Silk Route, is arguably the most historic. This was the end that
started it all, when the Han Chinese emperor Wudi commissioned Zhang Qian to open up
trade to Central Asia and to map the route.
The link between the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan and China is the remote Torugart
Pass, and our route takes us through this high Tian Shan mountain pass to the fabled city of
Kashgar with its unique Sunday Market.
Then there is the vast Taklimakan Desert, the western end of the Gobi and some stunning
scenery complete with oasis towns of major historic importance to the Silk Road. The route
then climbs onto the lower slopes of the wild Tibetan Plateau through to the holy Tibetan
town of Xiahe. It's not until we reach Xi'an that we really hit China's tourist trail and that is
where the trip ends; it's a perfect example of the importance of the journey and not the
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