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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Xian 15

Turpan 5

Lanzhou 5

Kashgar 4

Ürümqi 4

Xining 4

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Ancient City of Jiaohe

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

On an island at the confluence of two rivers, these impressive ruins lie in the Yarnaz Valley west of Turpan. The city, established as...

Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

In a breathtaking valley inside the Flaming Mountains is this ancient temple complex, built between the 5th and 9th century by slaves...

Emin Minaret

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

Emin Minaret is Turpan's most recognizable image, often featured in tourist brochures. Built in 1777, it commemorates a military commander...

Karez Irrigation System

  • Historic District/Site

The remarkable 2,000-year-old system allowed the desert cities of the Silk Road to flourish despite an unrelentingly arid environment.

The Ruins of Gaochang

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

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...

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