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Ancient Silk Road Travel with Red Hill Park

China tourism to the Silk Road Cities of China that have inspired explorers, adventurers, conquerors and dreamers for centuries. Visit the Great Wall, Legendary Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Spend 10 incredible days in Xian, the Mogao Caves and Mingsha Singing Dunes in Dunhuang. Enjoy a sunset view of the best desert scenery along the Silk Road. Fly to Urumqi to visit Xinjiang museum, home of archaeological treasures from the Silk Road and the region’s minority cultures. Enjoy picturesque Hong Shan Park and the Red Hill Pagoda. Shop the Grand Bazaar for Uyghur silk and Chinese cotton, immerse yourself in the sensory delight of the herbs, spices, fruits and nuts on display, in the bounty of Turpan’s Grape Valley and the delights of Kashgar’s 2000 years old Sunday Bazaar.

Red Hill Park (Hongshan) is a pleasant spot of Silk Road travel when you first arrive in Urumqi. The views from the top of the mountain of the surrounding countryside and breathtaking mountains make the steep (but short) climb worthwhile. Red Hill is a symbol of Urumqi, owing to its uniqueness. The body of the mountain has a reddish brown color, which gave it the name Red Hill. Less than one kilometer away, Yamalike Hill stands facing the Red Hill, and Urumqi River lies between the two hills.

People’s park is about 300 meters south of Red Hill Park across"#cas0428" Hetan Bei Lu and has a lot of trees and paved paths. It is a place to stroll around and watch Chinese people playing games or musical instruments. This park also has lots of water and greenery along with amusement park rides. It might be a place to go to keep cool on a summer day for Classic China tours.

Ming Sha Shan (鳴沙山)

Also known as “Echoing Sand Mountain”, due to the whistling sounds produced by static and friction when the wind blows, or when one is sliding down the sand dunes. It is located in the far west of China in Dunhuang, which was an important oasis town along the Silk Route in the ancient days. Ablajan, our friendly Uygur guide, was incensed that we had to pay to gain access to a natural environment.