The Silk Road Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Silk Road - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Small Goose Pagoda

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Once part of the 7th-century Jianfu Temple, this 13-tier pagoda was built by Empress Wu Zetian in 707 to honor her predecessor, Emperor...

South Gate and City Walls

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Also known as Yongning Gate, this is the most impressive of the 13 gates leading through Xian's 39-foot-high city walls. This was the...

Terracotta Warriors Museum

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Discovered in 1974 by farmers digging a well, this UNESCO World Heritage site includes more than 7,000 terra-cotta soldiers standing...

The Ruins of Gaochang

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These fascinating city ruins lie in a valley south of the Flaming Mountains. Legend has it that a group of soldiers stopped here in the...

Thousand Buddha Temple and Grottoes

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One of the best day trips is the Thousand Buddha Temple and Grottoes, about 80 km (50 miles) from Lanzhou. More commonly known by its...

Tomb of Abakh Hoja

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About 5 km (3 miles) northeast of the city lies one of the most sacred sites in Xinjiang. The sea-green tiled hall that houses the tomb—actually...

Tomb of the First Qin Emperor

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The tomb—consisting mainly of a large burial mound—may pale compared to the Terracotta Warriors Museum, but history buffs will enjoy...

Tulou Temple

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Xining's most important site is the Taoist Tulou Temple or North Monastery, at the northwest end of town. Construction on this series...

White Pagoda Mountain Park

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Laid out in 1958, the park covers the slopes on the Yellow River's north bank. It's more of a carnival than a place to relax, but it's...

Xinjiang Autonomous Region Museum

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Don't miss the perfectly preserved mummies at this superb museum, located 4 km (2½ miles) northwest of the city center. The mummies—including...


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