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.
The Zhangye Danxia landform was formed over 6 million years ago. It is located in Zhangye city, within Linze and Sunan counties. Zhangye Danxia is mainly composed of red gravel, sandstone and mudstone. Visitors can gaze upon its thousands of cliffs and mountains, dyed a beautiful shade of crimson. When the sun shines down on the mountains, they echo with even more fantastic colors! The Zhangye Danxia Scenic Area was the scene for Zhang Yimo's movie, "A Woman, A Gun, and a Noodle Shop" as well as the famous TV-show, "Amazing Detective Di Renjie".
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.
Jiayuguan Pass is the first frontier fortress at the west end of the Ming dynasty Great Wall of China. It features an inner city wall and outer city wall, as well as three large towers and a number of watchtowers. The site also boasts a number of other historical attractions and architecture. The wall provides a stunning view over the local landscape and the Gobi Desert. The Qilian Mountains can be seen in the distance.