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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Kashgar 4

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Five Springs Mountain Park

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Sip tea among ancient temples and take in impressive views of the city from this pretty park. The five springs that gave the place its...

Gansu Provincial Museum

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The most famous item in this excellent museum's collection is the elegant bronze "Flying Horse," considered a masterpiece of ancient...

Labrang Monastery

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In the remote town of Xiahe, the monastery is a little piece of Tibet along the Gansu-Qinghai border. A world away from Lanzhou, Xiahe...

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...

White Pagoda Mountain Park

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Laid out in 1958, the park covers the slopes on the Yellow River's north bank. Beautiful views of Lanzhou and the river are a leisurely...


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