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The Silk Road is a famous ancient overland trade channel with a total length of over 7,000 km which traverses Asia and links Europe and Asia. It stretches from Chang’an (the current Xi’an) in the east, passes Shaanxi, Gansu, Ningxia, Qinghai and Xinjiang, crosses Congling Ridge (the current Pamirs), crosses the Commonwealth of the Independent States, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Syria in Central Asia, and reaches the eastern edge (the current Rome) of the Mediterranean Sea. The silk road in China is long for over 4,000 km, over half of the total. Tour along the Silk Road. The Silk Road has its eternal charm with a history of over 2,000 years. The ancient Silk Road still attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world thanks to lots of historical relics, places of interest, magnificent natural scenery and local conditions and customs along the road. There are large amounts of historical relics along the silk road in China, mainly including: Terra Cotta Warriors, renowned as the eighth wonder of the world, Famen Temple which stores relics of Sakyamuni Buddha, Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes, Maijishan Grottoes, Jiayuguan (Pass) of the Great Wall, historic site of beacon tower in Han Dynasty, Ta’er Monastery – a famous monastery of Tibetan Buddhism and the historic site of Gaochang – an important town of the Silk Road. The Silk Road covers a vast range of territory, including such provinces and autonomous regions as Shaanxi, Gansu, Ningxia, Qinghai and Xinjiang. Many ethnic minorities live here and they are hospitable and welcoming and good at singing and dancing. They have different development history and keep their own unique ethnic characteristics, traditional cultures and religions. In ethnic minority areas, tourists can experience local life, enjoy folk song and dance, attend local residents’ weddings, celebrate festivals, and purchase exquisite handicrafts.”