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The Silk Road was a famous trade passageway in ancient times, going across Asia to Europe. It started at Changn (present-day Xi'n) in the east and ran for 7,000 kilometers through China Shaanxi, Gansu, Ningxia, Qinghai, and Xinjiang, over the Congling Range (present-day Pamir) and across part of the Commonwealth of Independent States in Central Asia, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Syria before it reached the east coast of Mediterranean. The section in China is over 4,000 kilometers long, more than half of the total length.

The 2,000-year-old silk road has demonstrated a lasting charm through the centuries. Today it still attracts thousands of tourists from across the world with its rich historic sites, cultural relics, beautiful scenery and colorful folklore. In the past the camel was a major means of transportation. Today tourists can travel along the route in more efficient and comfortable ways by air, rail and land.

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