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China Silk Road Travel Tips
The local time zone of silk Road in China:
The local time used on the silk road is the same with the Beijing standard time, which is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Time (London) and 13 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (New York). Beijing Time is the standard time used in the whole China. But our international tourists should understand that, in fact, local people often use the Xinjiang time, which is two hours behind the standard Beijing time. For example : 11:00am Beijing time = 9:00 am Xinjiang time. They use the Xinjiang Time to adjust their living and work. The area along the Silk Road very often have much longer daytime than other places in China.

The best Seasons to travel the Silk Road in China:
The months between May and October are the most ideal time to travel the Silk Road. Of course, the summer can be extremely hot, but you will have much more choices of fruits if you travel during July and August the summer time. May and October is the best time for visiting Silk Road, the average temperature along the route is around 15C. The scenery is most beautiful during May and October. The winter is very cold, not suitble for normal travel for the Silk Road.

Travel tips on visiting Temples on the silk road trip:
When traveling along the Silk Road, a temple is often an important spot visited by travelers. There are some important things to remember, though, in order to ensure a pleasant visit to the temples.
Proper manners: put your palms together and lower your head when meeting with the monks. Any attempt to handshake, hug or touch the head of the monk is regarded as extremely wrong. Visiting behaviour: be respectful. Do not touch or destroy any religious artifacts, and be silent and make no comment during religious ceremonies.

Travel tips on how to visit the local ethnic families:
When touring along the Silk Road, you will be arranged to be invited to visit families of other nationalities. Different nationalities have their own unique different customs, taboos and living styles. Remembering the saying, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do..." can make you a smooth and pleasant trip.
The best time to visit a family is in the afternoon; however, you should avoide the igb festival period. Orderly and clean clothing is a sign of politeness. Short trousers, waistcoat and hats are considered impolite. Before your visit to a culture, get some knowledge about their religion, habits, living styles and especially taboos. Some gifts should be prepared at the first visit. Don't bring things that they would consider taboo and don't touch the utensils in their houses. When the hosts treat you with their local food, it is considered impolite to refuse it. If you are really reluctant, thank your host and offer some a reasonable explanation. When the hosts toast you, you should receive the cup and first offer your thanks to the hosts. Then you can drink it or let other people help you if you cannot bear the whole cup of wine yourself.

Money Safety while travelling the Silk Road in China:
China is probably one of the safest countries to travel, although you should still travel smartly and keep your money close to you at all times. In hotels, leave your valuables in the safe. Be careful in crowded public areas like bazaars, bus and train stations since thefts are still easily found. The best prevention against theft is a money belt worn inside your dress.

The service and facilities of the hotels on the Silk Road:
The Silk Road covers most of China, from modern cities in the central inland China to isolated villages and towns in the remote west area of China. Accordingly the hotels along the silk road range from high standard, deluxe hotels to simple inns.
In cities like Dunhuang, Turpan, Kashgar, Urumqi, Lanzhou, the visitor can enjoy high standard hotels. They all offer good conditions, all-round services and they are quite safe. But this kind of hotels is more costly. Tourists on a tight budget may choose the cheaper hotels (Guesthouse or local inns). With simpler facilities and basic service, these guesthouses or inns are used by most Chinese local travelers. In the remote villages only simple and rough inns are available. These areas provide nothing but a quite simple bed.

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