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Dunhuang Travel Guide

Camel Ride in Echoing Sand Mountain
Mogao Grottoes
 
Duhuang is a county-level city that lies to the very northwest part of Gansu Province. Situated near the common boundary of Gansu, Qinghai and Xinjiang, the historical city Dunhuang is a renowned tourist destination, famous for the Mogao Caves, with Mt. Qilian in the south, Mt. Mazong in the north and desert from east to west. Since the exploring of Silk Road in the Han Dynasty, Dunhuang gradually developed as an important along Silk Road for economical exchange between ancient China and western nations. Besides the economical function, Dunhuang commands a strategic position at the crossroads of the ancient Southern Silk Route and the main road leading from India via Lhasa to Mongolia and Southern Siberia, as well as controlling the entrance to the narrow Hexi Corridor, which leads straight to the heart of the north Chinese plains and the ancient capitals of Chang’an (today known as Xi’an) and Luoyang.

Nowadays Dunhuang is one of the most crucial attractions of all Silk Road tour itineraries. As a reminder of this historical area, we are left with the Mogao Caves, Yangguan Pass, Yumenguan Pass and many wonderful Chinese poems depicting the time. As a city in desert, sandstorm usually happens, so prepare glasses, hats and gauze kerchiefs are necessary for many tourists.

Dunhuang Tours

2 Days Dunhuang Camping Tour

Day 1 Dunhuang Arrival (Lunch + Dinner) In the morning our guide will meet you at hotel (train station or airport). Then transfer directly to Mogao Grottoes, one of the four most famous caves in China and the real must see attraction along ancient Silk Road. In the afternoon, ...

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Dunhuang Highlight Day Tour

Our local driver and guide will pick you up from hotel at confirmed time. Today we will firstly visit Daunhuang Museum where some precious arts and relics are preserved here. It is also a great place to learn about Dunhuang culture and history as well as the history of Ancient...

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2 Days Dunhuang Tour

Day 1 Dunhuang Arrival ( Lunch+Dinner) Our driver and guide will wait for you at the airport terminal exit by holding a welcome sign with your name on it. Then you will be driven to the hotel and have a short rest. In the afternoon we will visit the Echoing-Sand Mountain. When...

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3 Days Dunhuang Discover Tour

Day 1 Dunhuang Arrival ( No Meals ) Our driver and guide will wait for you at the airport terminal exit or train station by holding a welcome sign with your name on it. Then you will be driven to the hotel and have a good rest. The rest of the day is free at your […]

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4 Days Dunhuang Tour

Customizable: Yes Itinerary Day 1 Dunhuang Arrival (No Meals) Our driver and guide will wait for you at the airport terminal exit or train station by holding a welcome sign with your name on it. Then you will be driven to the hotel and have a good rest. The rest of the da...

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Attractions

Mogao Grottoes

Mogao Grottoes locates 25 km from downtown Dunhuang on the eastern slope of Mingsha Shan (Mount Echoing Sand). The 750 caves lasts 1600 meters long from north to south. And the size of grottoes vary a lot with the highest one of 50 meters to the shortest ones of less than one ...

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Crescent Lake

Crescent Lake locates about 6 kilometers south of Dunhuang city with a length of nearly 100 meters from south to north and a width of 25 meters from east to west. It was named Yueyaquan in the Qing Dynasty. Mildred Cable & Francesca French visited the lake during their tra...

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Echoing-sand Hill

The sand hill surrounding Crescent Lake is known as Echoing-sand Hill. The hill was named so because when the wind blows, the sand granulates flies and make the sound like singing. The hill is formed by loose sand. And the sand of the hill take five different colors: red, yell...

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Duhuang Museum

The Dunhuang Museum is built in the year 1979 with an area of 2400 square meters, and it is located in the downtown area of Dunhuang City. The museum maily collects and displays the local cultural relics of local area. Generally speaking, the total collection of over 4000 piec...

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