Dunhuang Travel Guide
Dunhuang is an ancient desert staging post on the Silk Road, rich in culture, relics and natural scenery. It's the best tourist destination in Gansu Province. Dunhuang was the gateway to Xinjiang for those on the Silk Road taking the south route around the Taklamakan Desert to Kashgar, and a must-do detour for tourists on the northern route via Turpan and Urumqi.
The top attractions around Dunhuang are:
1. the Mogao Grottoes, the greatest treasure trove of Buddhist statues and murals in the world,
2. the Singing Sand Mountains and Crescent Spring, all the beauty of desert and oasis scenery a stone's throw from the city, and
3. the desert forts of Yangguan (Yang Pass) and Yumen Guan (Yumen Pass), which, though not strictly part of the Great wall, were part of the Chinese Empire's extreme western defences.
Though Dunhuang has an airport 15 km (10 mi) from the city center, a train journey would offer an unforgettable scenic experience. The nearest station is an hour by coach from Dunhuang. Consider exploring the Silk Road by the Shangri-la Express, a luxury train running from Beijing to Urumqi.
However, the road from Jiayuguan, the western end of the Great Wall and nearest major place to Dunhuang, is 400 km (250 mi) long, a coach journey of several hours. Not recommended!
- Chinese Name: 敦煌
- Chinese Pinyin: dun huang
- English Name: Dunhuang
- Location: Northwest of China
- Latitude: 39° 53′-41° 35′ N
- Longitude : 92° 13′-95° 30′ E
- Area: 31,200 sq. km. (12,064 sq. mi.)
- Time Zone : (UTC+8)
- Area Code: 0937
- Population: 170,000