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

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Lanzhou 5

Ürumqi 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...

Banpo Matriarchal Clan Village

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

About 5 km (3 miles) east of the city are the remains of a 6,000-year-old Yangshao village, including living quarters, a pottery-making...

Bell Tower

  • Building/Architectural Site

Xian's most recognizable structure, the Bell Tower was built in the late 14th century in what was then the center of the city. It's still...

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...

Big Wild Goose Pagoda

  • Building/Architectural Site

This impressively tall pagoda lies 4 km (2½ miles) southeast of South Gate, on the grounds of the still-active Temple of Thanksgiving...

Bird Island

Bird Island is the main draw at Qinghai Hu, China's largest inland saltwater lake. The name Bird Island is a misnomer: it was an island...

Culture Street (Shuyuanmen)

  • Neighborhood/Street

Take a stroll along this leafy boulevard lined with galleries, shops, and few cafés. Mostly clear of the city's traffic save for a handful...

Dongguan Mosque

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

This is one of the largest mosques in all of China and illustrates the ethnic diversity of Xining. Built in the 14th century, its green...

Drum Tower

  • Building/Architectural Site

Originally built in 1384, this 111-foot-high Ming Dynasty building—which used to hold the alarm drums for the imperial city—marks...

Dunhuang Museum

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The museum, which got shiny new digs in late 2013, displays objects recovered from nearby Silk Road fortifications such as reclining...


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