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Just Back From... Chinese Silk Road

WF's Sara reports back from her recent time on our Chinese Taklamakan Adventure tour, describing her best bits and her tips to anyone following in her footsteps.

Discovering Shipton's Arch

Sara describes her visit to the largest naturally formed arch in the world near the Chinese city of Kashgar.

Return to Xiahe, Gansu

WF's Sara recounts her first visit to the town of Xiahe 17 years ago, and describes the changes she found when she visited again while travelling with our Chinese Silk Road Taklamakan Adventure tour.

Just Back From... Silk Road Odyssey

WF's Charlie describes his journey through China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan whilst on our Silk Road Odyssey tour

My Silk Road Odyssey through Kyrgyzstan and China

WF tour leader Carly describes life in a yurt by Kyrgyzstan's Son Kul lake and the incredible array of sights, sounds and smells at Kashgar's famous market.

Travels in Tibet: Xining to Lhasa

Tour Leader, Jude Holliday, describes the experiences of her journey across the Tibetan Plateau from Xining to Lhasa while leading our Across the Tibetan Steppe tour.

Dancing on the Border (at the Wagah Closing Ceremony)

WF traveller Peter Heywood visited Wagah on the Karakoram Adventure tour in June 2018.

How to travel the Silk Road

The Silk Road is one of the world’s most famous and evocative routes. Named after the trade which sprang up in response to the demand for Chinese silk, its origins can be traced back over 3000 years.

Tour in Focus: Silk Road Odyssey

Our Tour in Focus blog series takes an in-depth look at some of our most popular tours, highlighting what makes them different and answering the most common questions travellers might have. Here we look at one of our most popular tours along the Silk Road, the Silk Road Odyssey. Taking in many of the highlights along this historic route, from the endless grassy plains of the Kyrgyzstan steppe to the architectural wonders of Uzbekistan, this tour gives an overview of the culture and landscapes of Central Asia.

A to Z of the Silk Road

The Silk Road was one of the world’s most important trade routes, traversing deserts, mountains and plains from China to Constantinople with branches down to India, the Middle East and North Africa. More than just goods, the Silk Road transported religion, culture and ideas between east and west. In our A to Z we take a look at some of the key people, places and events in the history of the Silk Road.

Top Five Places to Visit on the Silk Road

Interest in the Silk Road is growing rapidly, with travellers intrigued by the ancient routes which saw the exchange of goods, religion and ideas between east and west. The routes cover such vast areas that it can be difficult to decide where to visit, so we’ve put together a list of the top five places to see on the Silk Road, from cultural hotspots to incredible landscapes.

Journeying Along Pakistan's Karakoram Highway

Max Wood has just returned from Pakistan where he was leading our 'Karakoram Adventure: Kashgar to Kashmir' Tour. Read about his adventures in some of the world's most stunning scenery.

Silk Road Adventure, Part II

“A great art gallery in the desert” Mildred Cable, at the Mogao Caves. The overnight train left Xi’an on time, bound for Lanzhou, where it also arrived on the dot. Heden said Stein had snored all night, but what can one expect when two rival archeologists are sharing the same compartment? Ibn …

Our Journey Begins: Great Silk Road Adventure Part One

"Travelling - it offers you a hundred roads to adventure and gives your heart wings” Ibn Battuta Anticipating having to slice our way through the infamous air pollution and walk under a leaden sky, we were surprised – and delighted – to be greeted on our first day of sightseeing in Beijing wit…

Roll Call on the Silk Road

Over the course of 47 days, our journey is to take us through six countries that, over the centuries have been major locations along the Silk Road. We will cross mountains, deserts, grasslands. We shall enter bustling cities and bazaars, animal markets, still trading and as lively as ever. Temperatu…

Learning from the Master

Arriving in Hotan in the late afternoon, we drove over a bridge spanning a dry, rocky river-bed. Below us, men were fossicking among the stones and boulders, heads down. “They’re looking for jade,” said our local guide, Mohamed. “It gets washed down from the mountains.” We could see the snow-c…

Mountains to Deserts in an Inspiring Country

Tour leader Antonia Morris blogs from our Chinese Taklamakan tour. China, one of the world’s oldest civilizations with thousands and thousands of years of continuous history, not only is this trip a gourmet feast but it is a whirlwind of adventure and enraptures the senses. We arrive in Xi…

The Shade Seller

Wild Frontiers traveller Peter Heywood shares a tale from the Taklamakan Adventure. Two weeks into our journey we left Turpan, travelling east along the northern fringes of the Taklamakan. Our Uighur guide, Mohamed, told us about the meaning of the desert’s name. It was the land of cottonwood, th…

Kashgar: Dancing in the Park

Tour leader Jude Holliday has just finished leading our Silk Road Odyssey group tour around Central Asia. Below Jude talks about watching tai chi and dancing with the locals in Kashgar. We were scheduled to visit Kashgar’s famous animal market after breakfast, the sort of place where sun hats, tr…

Fine Food on the Chinese Silk Road

In China one of the most common sayings is not "how are you today?" but "how have you eaten today?" which dates back to the cultural revolution when food was scarce and much the same. Today if someone was to ask me how I have eaten, well I'd have to say I've eaten far too much on this tour! Unexp…

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