Russia | Kazakhstan | China
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The silk route has been used for over 3,000 years for the trade of teas, spices, jewels and other treasures, including of course Chinese silk and other fine fabrics.
The silk route was how the western world would transport goods and cargo back to Europe, and how the rich would explore these new worlds. Touring in luxury cabins with velvet seats, wooden panelling and fine dinning cuisine the wealthy and the privileged would be travelling on what was considered at the time the most advanced in high speed travel and top quality catering.
It may not be considered the fastest present day travel method, in our modern day of 'the concord' and 'the bullet'... and we may not have been taking the first class cabins, but it is one of the most environmentally friendly, social and scenic ways to enjoy every town, city and village that we passed.
The train follows the route along the tracks from Moscow in Russia, through Turkestan and Almaty in Kazakhstan, right across to China.
To read how we got on along the silk route take a look at our blog posts below:
- Estonia to St Petersburg using the silk route
- St Petersburg to Moscow on the silk route
- Moscow across to Kazakhstan along the silk route
- Kazakhstan to China via the silk route
To look at our complete collection of travel photo's including those across the silk route visit our photo's page.
Interested in just one of the above countries along the silk route? View our photo's one country at a time:
.Written by Christina Gyles