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Travel from Beijing, China to Samarkand, Uzbekistan in the famous Silk Route

History, diversity in culture, a variety of colors, seduction, landscapes, a sense of mystery and adventure for travelers who like to dare to know and live new experiences in each trip to add to their list.

In Uzbekistan, there is one of the oldest and most popular routes, the Silk Route, which crosses the center of Asia and the Taklimakan desert, from Beijing to Samarkand, via Kashgar and Tashkent.

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The trip can last as long as you think you need to know what you want, be it two weeks, even a month or more. You can choose comfort when traveling, that is, you can choose to fly instead of spending hours between one destination and another. For this, there are different itineraries for tourists.


In a day, you will be able to visit different stops and you will be amazed by each one of them; however, the first great stop will be one of your favorites and it is also one of the best known worldwide, the Great Wall of China. You will also love the stops near Jiayuguan, west of the wall, as they have more visual and natural features, such as snowy mountains.

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After the wall, you will travel by car for a few hours to a perfect oasis on the Tang River and surrounded by the incredible Qilian mountains. Nearby you can also enjoy a labyrinth with sanctuaries, paintings, murals, and Buddhist scriptures. Very close to this same place you will go to the desert, admire the camels and the singing sands. Interestingly they are called like that because when you slide down their dunes, you hear the sound of a mysterious whistle

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The Taklamakan desert, which extends to the north, is located in the Xinjiang region of China. It is prohibited since it is surrounded in the north by the great mountains of Tian Shan and in the south by the Kunlun mountain range. This desert covers 270,000 km and is only surpassed in size by the Sahara. This place is uninhabitable.

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The route continues along the border of China with Kyrgyzstan, this site is home to a large population of Uighur people, which extends to the waters of the Caspian Sea. If you arrived there on a Sunday, you cannot miss the big colorful market, where farmers in the region sell their fruits and vegetables.

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A long trip to the Tian Shan mountains on the Torugart donkey and then to the city of Naryn in Kyrgyzstan is what follows in this adventure. The region has a variety of truly spectacular landscapes, snow-capped mountains, grassy plains, and magnificent lakes.

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Despite the fact that life has changed considerably over the centuries, the most popular means of transport in the area are still horse-drawn carriages, especially in the most modern capital, Bishkek. This city is now a classic Soviet-style city, and it shows a bit of its history in its statues throughout the city.

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The trip continues on a journey by car to Osh, on the border of Uzbekistan and then to its capital, Tashkent, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Central Asia. Famous for its Soviet architecture, after being destroyed during the Russian Revolution in 1917. In the Khast Iman mosque is housed the oldest Koran in the world.  

One of the last stops is Bukhara, one of the most visited and popular attractions in the region. The palace of the emir, the Ark, is also interesting, due to its bloody history of torture and executions that usually interest tourists.

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Arriving at the end, the attraction of the route is Samarkand, the perfect place to conclude this adventure. It has an incomparable horizon that is full of domes and minarets that makes it possible to think about the idea of ​spending a week wandering its streets. The most popular and culminating place in the city is the Registan, a square surrounded by three massive and dazzling madrasas: Tilla-Kari, Shir Dor, and Ulug Mendigan. Another sight that is impossible to miss is the Shah-i-inda, the tomb of the living king.

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A curious fact is that Alexander the Great was overwhelmed by the beauty of Samarkand and thanks to it, it has inspired poets throughout the centuries. Without a doubt, it is a magical route that just a few travelers would dare to perform. The energy that you will feel at the end is incredible, and it is definitely an experience that you must live.

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