The Silk Road extended approximately 6,437 kilometers (4,000 miles) across some of the world’s most formidable landscapes, it contributed to the exchange of goods and ideas among diverse cultures since it was opened in 139 BC. Stretching west for 2500 miles within Chinese territory from Xian to the Chinese border west of Kashgar, Cities along the Silk Road in China include Kashgar, Urumqi, Turpan, Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, Zhangye, Xining, Lanzhou and Xian. Kashgar is locked away in the westernmost corner of China, and it is the Uyghur capital of Xinjiang. Urumqi is the capital of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and renowned for the Beauty of Loulan Mummy at Xinjiang Regional Museum. Turpan is famed as China’s hottest city. The oasis city of Dunhuang has been a refuge for weary Silk Road travelers for millennia. Jiayuguan is the western end of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall of China. Zhangye boasts the Rainbow Colored Mountain, one of Allah’s creations mentioned in the holy Quran. Situated on the eastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau, Xining is a melting pot of different cultures, Tibetans, Muslims (Hui, Salar and Dongxiang) and Han Chinese. Situated by the Yellow River, Lanzhou has been a major link on the Northern Silk Road historically. Xian is the starting point of the Silk Road and had been the capital of China for over 1100 years. Salat at historical mosques, dinning at hand-picked Halal restaurants, staying at international standard four or five star hotels, fully escorted by Muslim expert tour guides, this 18-Day Silk Road Adventure Tour tells you ancient tales of the Silk Road that bridged the East and the West.