Dunhuang Travel Guide

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Dunhuang Overview

Dunhuang is a city with more than 2000 years of history, situated near the western end of the Hexi Corridor and a gateway on the Silk Road of China. It's been a military garrison town, a frontier, a mecca of Buddhist arts and now a destination for tourism in China. Surrounded by deserts, it is an oasis which has flourished and had been an international trade post since its beginning.

If "Silk Road", "Buddhist Art", "History" are key attractions to you, then Dunhuang more than meet your needs. Must-see sights here include the largest Buddhist grottoes in China, the Mogao Caves, and Yulin Grottoes, West 1000 Buddhas Caves and East 1000 Buddhas Caves. The Yumenguan pass (Jade Gate Pass) and Yangguan pass (Yang Pass) were the western-most passes of China central, and to go past either of them into the West was to akin to going into exile in the old days. Strange and beautiful land forms of Yardan is also reachable from Dunhuang on the day trip. Near town are the famous Mingshashan sand dunes and the Crescent Moon Spring in the sand dunes attracted passers-by with its clear and always present water.

Sandstorms can cause the sky to darken and blowing sand can be fierce, and can last anywhere from 1 day to several days!

It is now reachable by Dunhuang new train station,not Liuyuan stop. There is an airport with flights from major Chinese cities.

Travel plan in winter is worth considering as tickets are going 50% discount