Xinjiang: A Silk Road Highway
A joint application inscribed the Chang’an-tianshan Silk Road Corridor on the World Heritage List in June 2014, which resulted in six World Heritage Sites being established in Xinjiang.
Xinjiang was of particular geographic importance along the Silk Road. Its position as a transit hub established the area as a centre in which people coming from South, Western and Central Asian countries could come to exchange goods and culture alike. Today, the caravans of the ancient Silk Road have seen a modern upgrade, trading camels and caravans for trucks and cargo trains. Yet here, surrounded by forgotten secrets of ancient cities, on the same road that carried the fabled Tang Dynasty (AD 618–907) monk Xuanzang in his journey to the west, one can still find traces of the old Silk Road. It is here where East met West through exchange of trade and ideas.
On June 22, 2014 at the 38th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, a joint application between China, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan inscribed the Chang’an-tianshan Silk Road Corridor on the World Heritage List. This resulted in six World Heritage Sites being established in Xinjiang.
Gaochang, a Millennium in the West
Located within 40 kilometres (km) east of today’s Turpan, near the