This former battleground of the Huns was bitterly conquered by the Chinese for its real treasure-the Heavenly Western Horses which gave the Huns their fearsome military power.
The entrancing soundtrack made the composer/performer Kitaro a worldwide star, and has sold millions of records to date.
You will find relics of the Silk Road trade over a millenium ago, and you will be the first to unearth a mummy from a grave hidden for more than 2,000 years!
In Across the Takiamakan Desert, yoo will be the first foreign visitors in over seventy-five years to the ancient Buddhist city of Miran, southwest of the legendary kingdom of Lou-Ian.
Buried for almost 2,000 years, the unearthing of the Clay Army was an archeological triumph-and the Silk Road crew were the first foreigners allowed to photograph it.
You will thrill to the sculptures of Emperor Gaozong's tomb-the world's largest-50 miles west of Xi-an.Spectacular ruins of city of Gaochang (Kocho) with a fair amount on history and culture and some pictures of important artifacts including Manichaean and Nestorian paintings. Impressive T'ang era fortress of Jiaohe (Yarkhoto) on a large plateau, but minimal comment on its history.