Our Library colleague, who is an avid traveller, took countless photos during his trips to China. Take a peek at some of the spectacular historical sites covered during his most recent trip this year along the awesome and intriguing Silk Road.

Terra Cotta Warriors

Located in Xi’an, the world famous Qin Terra Cotta Army Museum is a treasure house of history that showcases thousands of clay warriors and horses unearthed near Qin’s mausoleum along with a huge collection of ancient weapons. Today, it is often described as the eighth wonder of the world.

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A close-up view of some of the Warriors
Magao Caves
The Magao Caves is situated at a strategic point along the Silk Route, 25km from downtown Dunhuang on the eastern slop of Mingsha Shan (Mount Echoing Sand). The 492 cells and caves sanctuaries in Magao are famous for their statues and wall paintings, spanning 1,000 years of Buddhist art.  
Magao Caves

Jiayuguan Pass
Jiayuguan Pass is the main part of the western end of the Great Wall built in the Ming Dynasty. It is located at the foot of Jiayuguan Hill, between two hills of which the Pass lies. The Pass is also known as the “The First and Greatest Pass under the Heaven”.
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Fortress Walls, JiayuguanIMG_5027

Flaming Mountain

The Flaming Mountain is largely made up of bare red sand stone hills and is located on the northern edge of the Turpan Basin. As one of the hottest place on earth, there are no traces of plants or animals on the hills of Flaming Mountain. When the region gets so hot, you can see dozens of the red rock hills look like flaming fire balls under the blazing sun, hence, it’s name – Flaming Mountain. Do you know that the Flaming Mountain is made famous by the ancient Chinese classic novel “Journey to the West” and it’s charming hero – the Monkey King?
Flaming Mountain
Camels at the base of Flaming MountainIMG_4819

Have you been to any of the above places? If you have, we love to hear from you.
Here are some related Library books:
The Silk Road :
from Xi’an to Kashgar
DS793 S6 B699
The Terracotta Army :
China’s first emperor
and the birth of a nation
DS747.9 Q254 M266
The seventy wonders of China
DS712 S497
DS705 C539
Frommer’s China
DS705 S932
DS712 H293