Posted by Hatka Hatnaa Posted on 8:19:00 AM
The Silk Road of Western China and Central Asia elicit romantic notions of explorers on
camelback gliding through the desert looking to barter their wares for exotic spices and silk. Connecting the East with the West, the Silk Road was a superhighway for cultural exchange and is today one of the most sought-after travel experiences around.
From its start in Xi'an, the Silk Road route takes many different paths. Journeying into the Xinjiang Province of Western China will take you into the Tian Shan Mountain Range through the second-largest sand desert in the world (the Taklamakan), over the 3700m Torugart Pass and into the snowcapped, green mountain wonderland of under-touristed Kyrgyzstan. Visit the nomadic Kyrgyz people in their yurt camps and Russian transplants in the soviet capital of Bishkek. Continue on into Uzbekistan for an amazing example of various cultures intertwined, mixed among ancient multi-coloured mosaic buildings, desolate deserts and solemn soviet bulk.