The Silk Road was an ancient trade route across the Asian continent that connected Asia with the Mediterranean countries and Europe. It began in central China (Changan) and extent to Rome. Because silk products were the main goods for trade, this road was called Silk Road.
Silk Road, with a length of more than 7,000 kilometers and a history of more than 2,000 years, was considered as the longest cultural road which had the biggest impact on the communication including trade, religion, politics and culture. Within territory in China, the Silk Road was more than 4,000 kilometers across Shaanxi, Gansu, Ningxia, Qinghai and Xinjiang.
With the development of new technology and transportation situation, trade today between Asian countries and China might not rely on this Silk Road very much, but, accompanying, thousands of tourists from both home and abroad are attracted to take a tour along the Silk Road because of many historical relics and sites, magnificent natural sceneries, as well as colorful local conditions and customs about Chinese ethnic groups there. In the old days, the main vehicle to pass through the Silk Road was camel but we have plane, train and bus now.
From May to October, it is the best season for touring along the Silk Road. Pursuing the ancestors’ footprints, you can explore the development of the history. Walking along the Silk Road and hearing the ring bell on the camel’s neck, all of a sudden, you might think that you just take the time machine to arrive there from mordern days to the old days. Unbieveable!
Along this great Silk Road, there are some highlights you would not like to miss: