The Silk Road is kind of like the Last Frontier of China in the far Northwest part of the country. For many years it was almost ignored by Tourists for not having good accommodations. Today that has all changed with new hotels, the fast trains, historical sights of all kinds and of course the diversity of having several different cultures. The main culture are the Ugars now mixed with many other cultures from near by countries. The family of Ugars pictured here are just north of Urumqi which is the largest city in northwest China. Once you leave the city, you go back hundreds of years as many Ugars and others live like their ancestors did centuries ago. You will find them very friendly although few speak English. That is why it is good to have a Ugar guide who speaks their local dialect and language. The beauty of the Silk Road which extends from Xian to the border of western China has much to offer in sights, history and culture besides the beauty of mountains and desert. We have several private packaged tours of this wonderful area that include desert as well as mountain areas. See our web site at www.interlakechinatours.com and click on Packaged Tours and then Silk Road Tours for examples. We also do customized private tours to your specific interests too.