The Silk Road was the ancient trade route between China and Europe. Twice a year there is a private train trip from Beijing to Moscow that follows most of the Silk Road route. These pictures were taken in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Russia. The trip lasted three weeks and covered 7200 miles, essentially all across Asia. We generally toured by day and rode the train at night. It is a relatively easy way to see some very remote parts of the world, and of all of the trips that I have taken, this was the most interesting. The tour changes trains at the Chinese-Kazak border becaues the railway gauges are different. The Chinese train is nothing to write home about, but the Russian train was truly state of the art. There is nothing nearly as good in North America.

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