The Silk Road was not solely used for commercial trade, but was also a point of cultural exchange between various ethnic groups in China, Central Asia, west Asia, and Europe. Thus the road is littered with ancient treasures, stunning works of art, and unique styles of architecture.This tour begins at the very source of the Silk Road, starting in Xi’an and ending in Ürümqi. From towering mountains to the sandy expanse of the Gobi Desert, we’ll cover all kinds of exotic terrain. Along the way, we'll track the progress of Buddhism and Islam's historic entry into northwestern China through the development of Buddhist grottoes and Islamic architecture. We'll focus not only on the historical importance of the Silk Road, but also the role it played in transforming China into an ethnically diverse nation. Join us as we uncover the true depth of the Silk Road and its impact.