The Silk Road

Xinjiang <Cultural Heritages of Xinjiang >

The opening of the Silk Road linked China with the world. Xinjiang, in the central part of the Eurasian Continent, has become a place where many civilizations have converged over thousands of years of history. On this land, people of various ethnic groups created brilliant and outstanding cultures together, leaving behind a large number of precious cultural relics and historic sites, including ancient ruins, cave murals and epic poems. Carrying splendid civilization, representing history and culture, and maintaining the national spirit, these cultural heritages need to be protected and inherited by various ethnic groups.

Xinjiang <Xinjiang is a Wonderful Place>

Xinjiang, as the largest province in China in terms of area, has always been a place that people long for. Its wide and rich region boasts tranquil Kanas forest and lakes, vast Bayanbulak grassland, and wild Taklimakan desert. With a unique cuisine, Xinjiang’s famous food including Large Plate Chicken in ample portions, appetizing roasted meat, and sweet fruits. Xinjiang also has unique ethnic customs, where cultures of different ethnic groups mingle and develop in harmony. Xinjiang is a great place to visit with all the richness and beauty.

Gansu <Dunhuang, a Cultural Sanctuary of Mankind >

The charm of Dunhuang travels through time and space. From the opening of the Silk Road to the convergence of four civilizations, glorious cultural heritage and rich historical imprints have been left here, which enrich artistic treasures and historical scrolls and shape the unique and fascinating culture of Dunhuang. Dunhuang is endowed with unique cultural tourism resources. It has several world heritage sites and natural wonders. This historical and cultural city, where the ancient and the modern blend and the inheritance and innovation coexist, is attracting the world’s attention with its rich cultural deposits and new urban appearance. Xinjiang has become a world-renowned tourist destination.

Gansu <All’s Well in Gansu>

Gansu, located on the golden section of the Silk Road, has a landscape corridor of more than 1,600 kilometers. Here, you can explore top national treasures such as Mogao murals, Wei-Jin murals on bricks, Wuwei Heavenly Horse Sculpture, ancient monument of the Xixia dynasty, and Maiji Mountain Grottoes, experience various natural landscapes such as the Gobi Desert, forests and grasslands, Danxia sand forests, canyons and caves, and feel the cultural characteristics of different ethnic groups in the rich folk customs. Thanks to its unique humanity history, natural landscapes, and folk customs and culture, Gansu has become a poetic dreamland in the hearts of many people.

Ningxia <Root & Soul>

Yuanlong Village, located in the north of Minning Town, Yongning County, Yinchuan City, was built for poverty alleviation and eradication, and witnessed the miracle of poverty reduction through China’s East-West pairing-off cooperation. The poverty alleviation workshop discovered and trained several inheritors of intangible cultural heritage in Yuanlong Village. Craftsmen of younger generation have presented new vitality with their flexible knotting skills, beautiful and practical willow weaving techniques, and processing crafts of various shapes of silver ornament. The traditional intangible cultural heritage is renewed in the workshop of Yuanlong Village. Nowadays, local people have overcome poverty and are living a happy life.

Ningxia <A Glipmse of Ningxia>

Ningxia is a land made fertile by the Yellow River. Among the nine provinces along the Yellow River, Ningxia is the only province whose entire territory belongs to the Yellow River Basin. Surrounded by the Helan Mountain and the Liupan Mountain, Ningxia is blessed with stunning natural scenery. As a pearl of the Silk Road, it was a must-visit stop and an important trading town along the Silk Road. The mottled Great Wall in Ningxia tells stories of the distant past and witnesses the chapters of a new era. It is recognized as the world’s golden zone for growing wine grapes, and is the hometown of Chinese wolfberry and Tan sheep. Here, you can enjoy quiet starry sky and delicious food, which make it become a hot place for tourism.

Qinghai <Qinghai, the Province of Grand Beauty>

Take in the view of Qinghai from high mountains and water source. Qinghai, getting its name because of water, is the source of three great rivers, and a region giving birth to the largest number of large rivers in Asia. It has the largest area of ecosystems in the world. Nature’s miraculous creations have made Qinghai a beautiful, primitive, pure and magical place. The Silk Road passes through Qinghai, allowing various ethnic groups blend their cultures and live in harmony for thousands of years. Local customs and features are splendid and colorful. Here, you can enjoy the magnificent heavenly and earthly beauty and taste the mouth-watering local cuisine. Qinghai’s beauty and charm are irreplaceable and unique.

Qinghai <Intangible Cultural Heritages of Qinghai>

Thanks to its unique geographical location and natural conditions, Qinghai has become one of the important sources for the formation and development of the Chinese nation and civilization. In the long course of history, Qinghai’s ethnic groups with their mass culture and wisdom have created Qinghai culture and contributed rich and diverse intangible cultural heritage, involving music, dance, art, and handicrafts, etc. These intangible cultural heritages, which vividly demonstrate the life wisdom and artistic talent of various ethnic groups, tell the touching stories of Qinghai’s ethnic culture and people, and highlight the cultural deposits of the great beauty of Qinghai in every aspects.

Shaanxi <Intangible Cultural Heritages of Shaanxi>

Shaanxi is a province with a glorious history and rich culture. This land has witnessed the birth and transmission of outstanding Chinese culture, and accumulates profound and rich intangible cultural heritage. The beauty of Shaanxi is presented from the intangible cultural heritage, including Chinese paper-cutting and clay sculpture skills that are close to people’s lives, and performances such as Huayin Old Opera, shadow puppetry and Xi’an drum music with Shaanxi characteristics. You can also experience its beauty from calligraphy and paintings as well as the stage. Enjoying intangible cultural heritage, experiencing folk customs, and watching performances, intangible culture and heritage have become indispensable elements to show Shaanxi’s cultural characteristics.

Shaanxi <Shaanxi Culture>

Harshly polished by climate and sand, Shaanxi boasts magnificent rivers and mountains, infinitely charming humanities, and rich history. Here, you will be stunned by the gushing Yellow River, the luxuriant woods, the continuous streams as well as the profound culture of Xi’an as the capital of the 13 ancient dynasties. The Ansai waist drums, Shanxi opera, food, and shadow puppet shows, all highlight the local customs of Shaanxi. As great witnesses of Chinese history, the Great Wild Goose Pagoda, Terra-cotta Warriors, Huaqing Palace and other famous scenic spots and historical sites add endless charm to this precious land, which attract both Chinese and foreign tourists to listen to the echoes of a thousand years.

Tibet <The Tibetan New Year>

Tibetan New Year, one of the most important traditional festivals in China’s Xizang Autonomous Region, is created by the Tibetan people in the process of labor and production. Its content and forms are full of strong ethnic and religious flavors, which is a microcosm of the entire Tibetan cultural customs. Tibetan New Year starts with various folklore activities. Although the activities vary from place to place, the festival is the time of the year in winter or spring when people are free from farming and when friends and relatives gather. In 2011, the Tibetan New Year was included in the China’s national intangible cultural heritage list.

Tibet <New Tourism in Xizang>

China’s Xizang is the home of mountains and snow. Its abundant and diverse natural resources and unique ethnic and cultural characteristics have enchanted countless travelers. With the continuous innovation and development of tourism forms in recent years, the consistently upgraded tourism products have provided a new engine and the momentum for Tibetan tourism. Tourism products such as ice-snow tour, hot spring tour, extreme sports tour, self-driving tour, Chinese medicine·Tibetan medicine health tour, etc., have improved tourists’ satisfaction and experience, and pushed Xizang gradually towards a world-class tourism destination. You soul can travel further than your flesh. Xizang invites you to go on an in-depth experience journey combining nature and culture.