Xinjiang and Silk Road

Xinjiang and Silk Road

Xinjiang Province is the prime destination for a truly unique experience of China. Its culture, landscape, and population demographic is vastly different from any other province in China. Encounter a land where 60% of the population comes from one, or a few, of the 47 ethnic minorities in China, where you can find a different culture for every snowcapped mountain, rolling grassland, turquoise lake and village tucked into sand dune fields. Follow in Marco Polo's steps along the Silk Road's exchange between the Middle East and the Far East. A camera and a fork are travel essentials for a trip through Xinjiang.

 

Xinjiang and Silk Road: Did you know?

  • Xinjiang is home to China’s only Wild Camel Reserve
  • The Xinjiang-Tibet Highway, completed in 1957, is the highest road in the world
  • Contrary to popular belief, donkeys and horses, not camels, were the most popular beasts of burden along the Silk Road
  • Urumqi is known in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most inland city in the world, with the nearest major body of water 2,250 km away
  • The world's oldest work of Chinese paper cutting was found in Xinjiang and dated back to about the 5th or 6th century
  • Marco Polo worked for the Mongol ruler Kublai Khan for seventeen years before returning to Europe