An ancient network of trade routes between the East and the West, the Silk Road was long the territory of merchants with their camel caravans, swashbucklers and adventurers.
Xinjiang, a territory in the northwest of China, is set to be transformed into a tourism hub by the Chinese government.
Excavations have restarted in the Lintong District of Xian following the discovery of nearly 1,400 more life-size clay statues that form part of the 2,000-year-old Terracotta Army.
After Beijing and Shanghai, Xian is normally the next top destination for China bound tourists.
Silk Road Tourism Year has kicked off in the Shaanxi Province in northwest China, a campaign which aims to lure more people into discovering the beauty of this incredible national landmark.