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Dunhuang: The Silk Road Trip
CCNPIC  By bobo

The national, historical city of Dunhuang is a renowned tourist city famous for the Mogao Caves. It is situated in the common boundary of Gansu Province, Qinghai Province and Xinjiang Province. Dunhuang, long ago referred to as 'Sha Zhou' (beautiful desert oasis), was the hub of middle and eastern silk routes in ancient times. The city landmark is an attractive statue, the idea of which comes from the mural in Mogao Caves, a shrine to the culture and arts of Dunhuang. From Mt.Qilian in the south, Mt. Mazong in the north and desert from east to west, the landform of Dunhuang City is a declining basin-plain from west to northeast, high in the north and south, and low in the middle. The western cities of China, especially those in the desert, are known for their sandstorms, so tourists should protect themselves with glasses, hats and gauze kerchiefs, etc.


ID:113463-00019 Dunhuang    Picture Qu Lanning


In ancient times, Dunhuang was the center of trade between China and its western neighbors. At that time, it was the most westerly frontier military garrison in China. With the flourishing of trade along the Silk Road, Dunhuang was prompted to become the most open area in international trade in Chinese history. It provided the only access westward for the Chinese Empire and eastward for western nationalities. Today, 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. Although what remains of the two Passes are crumbling walls, one can still experience the atmosphere of that time while visiting in person.


Today, Dunhuang is a typical tourist city, clean and beautiful. Because of its splendid stone caves, tourism has become an indispensable industry to Dunhuang City. Surrounding establishments include various classes of hotels and restaurants for your choosing. As well, tourism personnel are knowledgeable and well trained these days. For a western city in China, it has become more accesible for people to come and go as they please. Transportation is much more efficient, ensuring that your wonderful trip runs smoothly. May to September is the best time to visit, so be sure to plan your trip during these months. Including Dunhuang City in your tour is a decision you won't regret!


Dunhuang City, an obvious pearl on the Silk Road, opens her arms to welcome tourists from all over the world.



Mogao Caves (莫高窟), (25km from town; most people visit on pre-arranged tour or arrive by taxi. City buses to the caves have been seen; further details presently unknown). English tours at 9am, 11am and 2pm daily.

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ID:017-5614 Dunhuang    Picture


The famous Mingshashan—Yueyaquan National Park with Mingsha (Humming Sand) Hill and Crescent Moon Spring are found south of Dunhuang while to the north there is Jade Gate Pass (Yumen Guan) and Sun Pass (Yangguandao), last Han outposts on the Great Wall of China.


ID:113463-00020 Dunhuang Picture  Qu Lanning



Night market, (Dunhuang downtown). Good dried fruits and nuts (walnuts, dates, raisins, apricots, small tomatoes...). Many souvenirs. (CCNPIC bobo)

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Dunhuang: The Silk Road Trip

Dunhuang: The Silk Road Trip

Dunhuang: The Silk Road Trip

Dunhuang: The Silk Road Trip

Dunhuang: The Silk Road Trip

Dunhuang: The Silk Road Trip

Dunhuang: The Silk Road Trip

Dunhuang: The Silk Road Trip

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