As the world’s oldest and most historically important overland trade route, the ancient Silk Road crosses the birthplaces of Egyptian civilization, Babylonian civilization, Indian civilization, and Chinese civilization. It was a network of trade routes which connected the East and West, and open long-distance political, cultural, economic, and technical interactions between these regions.
The Silk Road has always been about images of camel caravans, turbaned traders, desert crossings and oasis cities, and, even today, the route delivers on these romantic dreams. Yet travelling its ancient trails is, at heart, a trip through history. Five northwestern provinces of China, including Shaanxi, Gansu, Qinghai, Ningxia, and Xinjiang, have witnessed the glory of the ancient Silk Road over the past years. In the new era, these regions have flourished and developed due to the Belt and Road initiative. There are many historical and cultural sites here, such as the Terracotta Army, Famen Temple, Mogao Caves, Maijishan Grottoes, Jiayuguan Great Wall and Beacon towers in Han Dynasty, Kumbum Monastery, Ruins of Gaochang Ancient City, etc. Hospitable ethnic minorities live here and have kept their unique characteristics, traditional culture and religious beliefs.
China Cultural Center and China Tourism Office in Sydney has hosted a series of “Visiting China Online” events, and jointly launched “Travel Along Silk Road In Northwest China ” with Department of Culture and Tourism of Shanxi Province, Gansu Province, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, Qinghai Province and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. This online exhibition will take you to an epic trip. Journeys along the Silk Road are steeped in history, with breathtaking views to match.