Xinhua/Yin Bogu, November 9, 2011
As a famous city in the ancient Silk Road, Palmyra used to be a trade center linking the East and the West. Palmyra's prosperity kept for more than 300 years, crowning itself as the Bride of the Desert. The Site of Palmyra, which covers an area of six square kilometers, was listed as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1980.
Visitors view the temple of Bel at the Site of Palmyra, 215 km northeast of Damascus, capital of Syria (Xinhua/Yin Bogu)