Follow the new Silk Road: A Brief Travel Guide to Khorgos


Editor’s note: As the journey takes you to different places, it offers you opportunities to get to know stunning landscapes and wonderful cultures. Starting March 10, CGTN has presented a series of travel guides to some fantastic destinations along China’s high-speed highways to give you some ideas on how to start a road trip in China.

Khorgos, a small border town in the Uighur Autonomous Region of Xinjiang in northwest China, is worth a visit simply for its view. Situated at the foot of Tianshan’s snow-capped mountain, the city offers a beautiful scenery of wide green meadows, clear rivers and colorful floral seas.

But there is one more thing that has made Khorgos a world-renowned name. Farther from the sea than almost anywhere on Earth, it is the most important gateway connecting East and West along the Silk Road.


Back in the ancient Sui and Tang dynasties of China (581-907), Khorgos acted as a key messaging station along the ancient Silk Road, the main trade route connecting China with Asia. central and Europe. However, it became the place in the middle of nowhere as the history of the ancient Silk Road ended.

As the new Silk Road recovers, the city has also come to life.


Khorgos Uighurs have a traditional culture specializing in dancing and singing. It is more than a pleasant experience if you can join the locals in their traditional dances accompanied by popular music.


Khorgos is the western terminus of the Lianyungang-Khorgos Highway, the longest highway in China with a total length of 4,395 kilometers.

Therefore, it would be a good option to first take a flight to Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, and then take a road trip to Khorgos on the Lianyungang-Khorgos Expressway, with incredible views waiting for you along the way.


The city’s meadows, where farmers graze flocks of sheep, as their ancestors did, have refreshed many visitors ’understanding of Xinjiang’s natural landscapes. And, of course, there would be the tax-free shopping area.


Xinjiang’s shou zhua fan, or Lamb Rice, is an exclusive combination of local food and cuisine from the region. As for meat lovers, roast lamb chops give way to culinary pleasure.