Silk Road Attractions
Silk Road from China

Silk Road Attractions

By Ruru ZhouUpdated Mar. 18, 2021

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Terracotta ArmyTerracotta Army

Xi'an is one of China's Four Great Ancient Capitals and the home of the famous Terracotta Army. It served as China’s capital for ten dynasties, spread intermittently over a 1,100 year period from 221 BC. This was the significant year when the first Chinese emperor, Qin Shihuang, united China for the first time. China derives its name from Emperor Qin.

Other Xi'an Sights


White Horse TempleWhite Horse Temple

Luoyang is one of China's Four Great Ancient Capitals (alongside, Beijing, Xi'an and Nanjing). It is located 300 km (200 mi) east of Xi'an in Henan Province. A small city (pop. 1.5M) by Chinese standards, it was the capital of the Eastern Zhou Dynasty (770–256 BC), the Eastern Han Dynasty (25–220), the latter Tang Dynasty (907–960) and others.

Other Luoyang Sights

The Jiayuguan Great Wall

Jiayuguan Great WallJiayuguan Great Wall

The fort at Jiayu Pass linked with the most westerly section of the Great Wall formed a strongly fortified defensive system between two mountain ranges, across the narrowest part of the Gansu Corridor. There are many stories concerning the unique construction of the walls, including "goats carrying bricks on their backs" and "transporting wall stones using an icy path".


Dunhuang is considered by many to be the best stop on the Silk Road in Gansu and is the gateway to the Xinjiang Region.

Other Dunhuang Sights

Heavely LakeHeavenly Lake

Located at the foot of the snow-capped Tianshan (Heavenly Mountain) Range, Urumqi is the capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in the far northwest of China.

Other Urumqi Sights


Kashgar is China's most Muslim city, just 100 km (60 mi) from the border with Kyrgyzstan. It used to be an important stop on the Silk Road. The city's relative inaccessibility has had a great influence on its character.

Other Kashgar Sights

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