One sand dune too far
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Dunhuang is most famous for the Mogao grottoes and the sand dunes. The warnings in the guidebooks about camera's and the guide system are all true. Luckily for me there were not that many English speaking tourist so we had a party of 9. That gave us the oppertunity to see one of the smaller caves that is normally closed for the public because it is too small. As our guide said: "A gift from the people's republic of China on national day to you". The cave was stunning, better and far more richer than any of the big caves I had seen so far. I don't remember the cave number anymore but the guide said this is the most beautifull cave of them all.
After the cultural outing it is time to do some outdoor activity such as climbing a sanddune.
This time we decide to go right in front of the entrance and after a brisk walk of 30 minutes we see the sand dunes looming. Martin scrambles and starts climbing the steepest dune he can find.
Nonetheless the view on top of the Dune is magnificent! We see the cresent moon lake and all the Chinese tourist. We just want to see the sunset hoping for a good photo opportunity. It could have been so nice if it weren't for those 1715m high dunes blocking the sun, we were on one of these giants. Going down is much much more easier than going up, take a steep part just run off it straight down.
Tomorrow I'm off to Golmud to obtain a train ticket to Lhasa.