Silk Road Adventure Story
Silk Road is referred to a series of commercial and cultural transmission routes
from China to the Mediterranean Sea. The name came from the lucrative trade of Chinese
silk. However, the route is not as smooth or radiant as the silk. On the contrary,
it was once considered to be one of the straining routes.
Today, you can cover the trip by plane or car, which is a lot easier than riding
on a camel in the past. However, train is still the prime choice for a real adventure.
I am not a history buff; however, an adventure to the west of China has been alluring
me for a long time. Different from previous traveling-alone trips, I learnt that a tour guide in some parts seems quite necessary. That is why I
joined a group tour.
My 10-day itinerary is like this: Xi’an – Tianshui – Jiayuguan – Dunhuang –
Turpan – Urumqi – Xi’an. Half of the trip will be done by train and
local tour guides will be with us in most destinations.
Departure in the early autumn, I packed up what I thought was essential: one heavy
overcoat, three shirts, and two pairs of jeans, a hat, sunglasses, sun block, face
mask, camera and a pair of chopsticks (which turned out very important in Xinjiang).
Some days before the departure, I was busy reading about the Silk Road and attractions
dotting the route. I had a strong feeling that this is going to be a trip of a lifetime.
For details about the following 10 days Silk Road Trip, click a Silk Road Travelouge.