Silk Road Travel FAQs & Tips

1. When is the best time to take a Silk Road trip?

May to October is the best time to visit Silk Road. Get avoid of cold and windy time in Winter.

2. How to get to/around/off the Silk Road regions?

Silk Road covers remote northwestern regions of China, including Henan, Shanxi, Gansu, Qinghai and Xinjiang. You can transfer from Beijing, Shanghai, HK, Guangzhou, Chengdu to Xian, Dunhuang, Lanzhou, Urumqi by flight. While if you take a trip in Gansu or Xinjiang, both train and car are available.

3. What is the weather condition on the Silk Road? What should I pack with?

Most regions of Silk Road are featured in dry climate and distinct four seasons. Spring is short and a bit cold. Summer may be hot but good season for travel. Autumn is warm and windy. Winter is snowy and chilly.

4. How many days needed to travel the Silk Road?

If you want to follow the ancient Silk route, you have to take a long trip of 7~12 days. You can also take short trips in a single province, such as Gansu and Xinjiang.

5. Where should I visit most on the Silk Road?

Popular tourist cities are: Xian, Luoyang, Dunhuang, Lanzhou, Urumqi, Xining(Qinghai), Turpan, Kashgar. All destinations can be include in a single long trip. If you prefer a short trip, don’t miss Xian, Dunhuang.

6. What is the accommodation condition on the Silk Road?

Compared to large city like Beijing, Shanghai, the accommodation on the Silk Road are relatively basic. Bigger cities, such as Xian, Luoyang, Dunhuang and Urumqi offer luxury hotels. But smaller cities, such as Turpan, Kashgar provide little luxury hotels.

7. Are there some special and tasty food recommended on the Silk Road?

Muslim style foods are the best features, such as Yang Rou Pao Mo in Xian, Lanzhou Noodles in Lanzhou and Nang Cake in Xinjiang.

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