Overland Season 15 Episode 2 – Xi'an, where the Silk Roads start

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With its splendid testimonies of grandeur, the city of Xi'an offers travellers the Terracotta Warriors and the Wild Goose Pagoda. Here Buddhism spread easily thanks to the enormous quantity of people who coexisted in a single territory, despite being of different religions. Even now Muslims organise markets full of culinary resources and trading stalls. This marks the official commencement of the journey through the Gansu corridor up to Lanzhou, which will be reached after a series of valleys, hills, human contacts and the reality of a territory that is undergoing a major phase of evolution, principally in terms of its roads and urban layout.