To travel the Silk Roads was one of our dreams and we finally did it in the 2017 Spring. The three-week trip was organized by Silk Road Trips and gave us everything we had hoped for: the fascinating landscapes of the Xinjiang and Gansu provinces, the artistic wonders (paintings and sculptures) of early Buddhist settlements, architectural marvels and the colourful local bazaars. Our guide, Bin Yan (Ben), spoke perfect English, and had both broad cultural and practical knowledge as well as a great sense of humor and a warm personality.
We had such a wonderful time that we decided to take another three-week tour with Silk Road Trips in April-May 2018, this time from North to South, from Datong to Guilin). And this other trip offered us other wonderful discoveries in terms of landscapes and cultures. We were mostly in the mountains, among ethnic minorities (Dong, Miao, Gejia, Han), who have retained their wooden houses and colourful costumes. And we went down the river Li among the mountains crowned with floating mist
like in a Chinese painting. We were so inspired that we took a lesson in Chinese painting!
In conclusion, we can wholeheartedly recommend Silk Road Trips for its flawless organisation. Besides being an ideal guide, Ben is a very resourceful person. Even when unforeseen problems arose (cancellation of all flights in the province by the Chinese military without any advanced notice, medical emergency), Ben found the perfect solutions. Last but not least, he is very good company, cheerful, well read, offering an overview of present China as well as of its past. Thanks to him, we had two marvelous trips.
Christine Klein-Lataud and Michel Klein (Toronto)