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Dunhuang
Dunhuang
Dunhuang is located in western Gansu, an oasis in the vast Gobi Desert. Previously one of the important and strategic cities on the famous Silk Road, it contains over 2,000 years of history. Dunhuang is one of the frontier towns established around 104 BC, serving as a fortification to protect against invading tribes. Centuries later, Dunhuang was the main communication post between ancient China and the rest of the world. Christian and Jewish artifacts have been found in the area, showing the variety of travelers who made the journey along the Silk Road. Its style has fascinated travelers for ages. The Thousand Buddha Grottoes (or Mogao Caves) to the southeast of the city are a precious treasure trove of Buddhist art. There are exquisite wall paintings and statuary. Head northwest from Mogao Caves to the Great Wall at Yumen Pass and the Great Wall at Yang Pass to see the remnants of the Han Dynasty Great Wall, which were left behind in these famous mountain passes. Dunhuang's natural landscape is extremely worth seeing and enjoying. The wondrously multicolored Danxia Landform is a favorite place among photography lovers.
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Mingsha Mountain Crescent Spring
4.7/5
11,877 Reviews
Desert
Mingsha Mountain and Crescent Lake is located south of the City of Dunhuang. The site features a mountain and a spring that are symbols of Dunhuang. You should visit the sightseeing area in the afternoon to avoid the heat of the midday desert. Once the sun goes down, you can climb the mountain. From its peak, you can enjoy the desert and Crescent Lake at the base of the mountain. The scenic area offers a variety of recreational activities, including camel riding, sandboarding, motorcycling in the desert, archery, and helicopter tours.
Mogao Grottoes
4.5/5
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UNESCO World Heritage-Cultural Site
Grotto
The Mogao Caves, also called Caves of the Thousand Buddhas, is located in the southeast of Dunhuang city. The Mogao Caves scenic area consists of the Mogao Caves Digital Center and the Mogao Caves. The Mogao Caves Digital Center shows short films about the caves. After thousands of years of carving, the caves have a large number of murals, cultural relics, and etc. It's a world-famous Buddhist art destination. The artistic characteristics of the caves are mainly reflected in the ingenious combination of architecture, statues and Dunhuang murals, and the artistic styles of many dynasties are vividly and harmoniously presented.
Yadan National Geological Park
4.5/5
2,254 Reviews
Geological Sites
Yadan National Geological Park, also known as Dunhuang Devil City, is an important landscape for tourists visiting the Dunhuang West Line (including Yumenguan, Han Great Wall, Yangguan, Xiqian Buddha Cave, etc.) in the Gobi Desert in the northwest of Dunhuang City. . The park is dominated by large and unique Yadan landforms and it looks fantastic and spectacular on the Gobi. Every evening, during the sunset, it is a wonderful place to shoot photos. Jinshi Yingbin, Pyramid, peacocks and Xihai fleets are important attractions in the scenic area.
Yumen Pass
4.1/5
1,588 Reviews
UNESCO World Heritage-Cultural Site
Yumen Pass was built in the Eastern Han Dynasty, also known as Xiaofangpancheng, which is the throat of the Silk Road leading to the Western Region. Because Hetian Meiyu entered the Central Plains from here since ancient times, it was called Yumenguan. With the erosion of thousands of years, Yumenguan has lost the appearance of the year. The current Yumenguan looks like a relic of a rammed earth pile. It is square and consists of four walls of earth. It opens on the northwest sides of the earth wall. Although there is no spectacular view of the year, the small town that stands on the top of the Gobi Desert can imagine the glory of the year and sigh the vicissitudes of history and time.

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I recommended Yadan National Geological Park, West Thousand Buddha Caves, The Han Great Wall, Dafangpan City Site, Dunde Glacier.
Here are the best places to visit in Dunhuang, including: "Si Lu Hua Yu" Performance, See Dunhuang Again Performance, Dunhuang Western Movie and Television Base, Dunhuang Museum, West Thousand Buddha Caves.
The long-distance bus from Dunhuang to Xining is very tired. The general tourists are from Dunhuang by train to Lanzhou and then from Lanzhou to Xining.
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