Discover China's

SILK ROAD in 2019/2020

Connecting China and the East with the Middle East and Europe, the Silk Road was a network of trade routes that derived its name from the silk that was transported along this route for trade.

“Centuries have passed, yet the Silk Road’s impact on business is still very much evident in the modern day.”

JIAYUGUAN PASS

Jiayuguan Pass is the first pass at the western end of the Great Wall of China, overlooking the Gobi Desert and is the most magnificent and best-preserved pass. Made up of an inner and outer city and covering a length of 733 metres, you can admire the views from both the wall and gate towers.

YADAN LANDFORMS

Situated within Dunhuang Yadan National Geological Park are the fascinating Yadan Landforms. Created by wind erosion, the landforms take on the form of structures including boats, pagodas and animals. Look out for a Peacock stretching its tail and the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.

MOGAO CAVES

Strategically positioned at the crossroads of the Silk Road, the World Heritage Mogao Caves and Grottoes marked an important stopover in ancient times used for trade, religious and cultural purposes. Once home to many monks and nuns, the 492 caves are most famous for their painted sculptures and murals.

YUMEN PASS AND YANGGUAN PASS

Yumen Pass and Yangguan Pass are home to ancient ruins that include the mighty Yumen Pass Gatehouse, a beacon tower and part of the Han Great Wall. Scenic guests visit the Yangguan Museum that houses artefacts and paintings from the Han Dynasty.

DANXIA NATIONAL GEOLOGICAL PARK

Be mesmerised by Zhangye’s colourful danxia landforms, the incredible steep red cliffs and rainbow coloured ridges formed by erosion. They range from smooth to sharp and if you look closely, they resemble all sorts of shapes including animals, towers and castles.

SINGING SAND DUNES

The Singing Sand Dunes, also known as Mingsha Hill are made up of sand that comes in five incredible colours in yellow, red, white, black and green. The dunes get their name from the singing sound that can be heard when people tread or slide down the slopes, or from the wind blowing across the sand.

CRESCENT MOON SPRING

Lying at the centre of the Gobi Desert and found at the foot of the Singing Sand Dunes, the Crescent Moon Spring is an oasis that takes its name from its crescent moon shape. This remarkable lake never dries up and has survived sandstorms over thousands of years.

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