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Dunhuang Attractions

Although there are only six Dunhuang attractions listed, at least 4 of them are world class. The Mogao Grottoes has China’s oldest and most famous Buddhist relics. The singing sands are pristine sand dunes that can be explored on a camel, and Crescent Spring is an oasis in this mini desert or the outskirts of Dunhuang.

With a longer trip from Dunhuang visitors can see Yumenguan or Jade Gate Pass, a strategic desert outpost on the Silk Road, Yardang National Park with its peculiar wind eroded rocks. Dunhuang is a honey pot of classic Silk Road attractions. Check out our Dunhuang tours

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Mogao Grottoes

The Mogao Grottoes, also known as "the Thousand Buddha Caves", and praised as "a glittering pearl that adorns the Silk Road", are the most famous Buddhist grottoes in China. Located 15km (10 mi) sou..

Yumenguan Pass

Also known as Little Square Plate City, Yumenguan Pass (Jade Gate Pass) served as a strategic fort along the ancient Silk Road. It was said that the jade from Hetian (presently Xinjiang Province) was ..

Yardang National Park

Summary Yardang National Park is a wouderful geological park with large scale of yardang landform, a kind of landform formed by wind erosion. It is a rare natural museum of natural sculptures with ordered ..

Echoing Sand Mountain

Dunhuang has a spectacular area of natural scenery: the Singing Sand (Mingsha) Mountains. The mountains are pale golden sand dunes dozens of meters high, covering an area roughly 40 km (25 mi) square. Vist..

Baima Pagoda White Horse Pagoda

Situated in Baimata Village, 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) to the south-west of Dunhuang, Gansu Province, with the Dang River to the east, White Horse Pagoda has a long history of over 1,500 years. It was built..

Crescent Spring

Known to the world as "the First Spring in the Desert", the Crescent Spring is situated at the foot of Mingsha Mountain and is surrounded by sand dunes. Seen from afar, the Crescent Spring resembles a cres..

The Great Wall near Dunhuang

The Great Wall near Dunhuang protect's China’s northwestern Gansu Corridor. This is a guide to visiting one of the oldest sections of the Great Wall.