Silk Way Rally 2017: Direction Xi’An
From Moscow’s Red Square to Xi’an’s Imperial City, with a rest day in Urumqi, the 2017 Silk Way Rally opens a new chapter in the history of cross-country competition, proposing a long west to east journey and a sporting and mechanical challenge defying the elements like no other.
Last summer it was mission accomplished! At the end of 15 stages and 10,735 kilometers, the Silk Way Rally caravan joyfully arrived in Beijing. The 2016 Silk Way Rally, which was broadcasted in 197 countries, welcomed its heroes in front of the stunning Bird’s Nest Stadium. In braving the elements and difficulties of a unique and demanding race, comprising everything a major cross-country rally has to offer the crews from around the world savored an unforgettable adventure.
Whether they were factory or privateer teams, professional or amateur competitors, all came to compete in an exceptional rally, in which driving and navigating skills were put to the test, on a journey crossing three of the world’s largest countries and their just as awe-inspiring as varied landscapes, Russia, Kazakhstan and China, but also two continents and the peoples that have been culturally and commercially linked for thousands of years...
Three months later, attention now turns toward the next edition of this extraordinary adventure. Having learned the lessons from a first ‘long format’, Silk Way Rally organisers have chosen Xi’an to host the conclusion of the 2017 edition.
The name of the Imperial City, known for its army of terracotta warriors, which translates to ‘Western Peace’, is the ideal site to serve as the finish line on Saturday July 22, 2017. Among the most important cradles of Chinese civilization, of which it was once the capital, Xi’an is now a growing city. With is more than 8 million residents, the capital of the Shaanxi region gazes over its multitude of monuments with no less than 3000 years of history.