Three Gorges on the Yangtze River
The Three Gorges on the Yangtze River are a world renowned tourist route and a famous natural gallery of mountains and rivers. The gorges include Qutang Gorge, Wuxia Gorge and Xiling Gorge and a trip down them starts at Baidi City in Fengjie, Sichuan Province, in the west and ends at Nanjinguan in Wuchang, Hubei Province. The itinerary links two important cities, Chongqing and Wuhan, which are at either end. The main scenic spots include Baidi City, Shibao Village, Temple of Zhong Fei, Lesser Three Gorges, and Gezhouba Water Conservancy Project, the former residence of Wang Zhaojun and Changbapo. (Information provided by China National Tourism Administration)
The Silk Road
In the past, the Silk Road was the main route connecting the European and Asian continents. It was first used in the second century BC The road started at Chang'an (today's Xi'an) in the east and passed through Shaanxi, Gansu, the hexi Corridor and Tarim Basin in Xingjiang and crossed over the Congling (today's Pamir Plateau) to rach the east bank of the Mediterranean. It is more than 7,000 kilometers long and the section in China stretches more than 4,000 kilometers.
The road passes by many culturally and historically significant places such as terra-cotta Warriors of Qin Shihuang (one of the eight wonders in the world), Fmen Temple which preserves the relics attributed to Sakyamuni, the world-famous Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang, Bingling Temple Grottoes, Maiji Mountain Grottoes, the Jiayu Pass ( the west end of the Great Wall), the mysterious Ta'er Monastery and the ancient city Gaochang. In addition there are places of scenic and general interest such as Qinghai Lake, Tianchi Lake in Xinjiang and a Ghost City. Minority communities through whose territory the road passes include Tibetan and Uygur people. Their unique customs are of great interest to tourists. (Information provided by China National Tourism Administration)