A source for countless travel fantasies, the Silk Road is perhaps the most evocative of the trade routes that once criss-crossed Asia. In China, some of the most tangible Silk Road history can be discovered in Gansu Province. At the crossroads of eastern and western China, Mongolia and Sichuan province to the south, Gansu has played a central role in the development of China’s trade and is a historic meeting point for various cultures including, Han, Mongolians, Manchu and Tibetans. With towering mountains, serene lakes and emerald grasslands providing visual fuel, the province is an unsung hero for travellers. During this introduction to Gansu, guests will experience the best of the province. Natural highlights here include the Dania Coloured Mountains and Ayden National Park, a striking desert landscape. Culture lovers, meanwhile, will find sights such as the hanging temple at Matisse where a pagoda clings to the side of a sheer cliff face and the famous night market in Lanzhou where delicacies from around China can be enjoyed.
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