*** The Silk Road was a network of trade routes organized from the Chinese silk business since the 1st century BC. C., which extended throughout the Asian continent, connecting China with Mongolia, the Indian subcontinent, Persia, Arabia, Syria, Turkey, Europe and Africa.
Silk Road is understood as the route that in ancient times united the empires Roman and Chinese, the path by which the silks of the Orient came to adorn the bodies of the elegant Roman ladies. ***
This summer we visited four cities on the silk road - Kashgar, Kokand, Samarkand and Bukhara. Seems like middle-eastern couture influenced these cities the most - these places are vibrantly colourful and great places to spend vacation.
We also visited Almaty and Astana but Kazakhstan isn't that colourful as Uzbeskitan or eastern China but nature there is mesmerizing and for that along it's worth visiting Kazakhstan. Still what surprised me was that you pay the price for flight tickets as for the train but it takes hours to reach certain destinations by train. For example, flight tickets from Almaty to Astana with fly arystan (now Nur-Sultan, a capital was renamed after their previous president, also quite surprised me) cost approx $30 by air (two-hour trip) and $36 for a train ticket (14 hrs trip)
Back to cities on silk road, because of trading these cities are so beautiful and full of historic sites and of course tourists while Kazakhstan, on the other side, isn't so popular among tourists