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Dunhuang Yadan National Geologic Park


180km away from northwest of Dunhuang, Gansu Province.

Reasons to visit

Amazing Yadan landform view.

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Opening Hours

  • All day, the last tour bus in the scenic spot will be available at 17:20.

Situated 180 kilometers in the northwest away from Dunhuang City, the Dunhuang Yadan National Geologic Park is the largest one of Yadan Landform found so far. The park stretches twenty-five kilometers from north to south and about two kilometers from east to west. It features the unique and wonderful scenes and landscapes of gobi desert.

The most magnificent view is that you can find the ‘miniature’ for much world-famous architecture inside the park, such as the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, the Potala Palace in Tibet, the Arabian mosque, the Pyramid and Sphinx in Egypt, the relics of ancient Roman and so on. It seems as an architectural art museum of the world while located in a desert and delivers many delights and enjoyments to you. In addition, you will find other works of art by nature, such as sculptures of lions, caravans trekking along the Silk Road, and turtles emerging from the sea. This area is referred to as the Yadan Abode of Demons by local people.
About Yadan Landforms: Yadan Landforms were superlatively marvelous with different size of areas, and varied forms of topography. You will find varied land structures here like animals, personal images, pagodas, temples, buses and boats.

The grand outlooks of the Yadan Landforms were accumulated by the clay after many floods in addition to rains and storms for long time and here once were the lower reaches of Shulehe River in the ancient times. It will be possible that after a number of years the landforms slowly disappear.


Dunhuang Yadan National Geologic Park is located in the famous historical and cultural cities in China, 180 km northwest of Dunhuang city, about 100 km northwest of Yumenguan Pass. The park covers an area of 398 square kilometers. It is Yadan landform landscape mainly formed by wind erosion. Yadan landform, of which is orderly layout, strange shape, and it is a rare natural sculpture museum. It can be said to be another spectacle in Dunhuang, it is natural beauty, wonderful boundless natural masterpiece what do not need an operation to be beautiful. Walking into this park in different time, the feeling is completely different.
In concentrated park there are all sorts of strange-shaped wind erosion landforms, where like a medieval city as a whole. In this special city, there are walls, streets, buildings, squares, churches, and sculpture.

Traffic Guide

Traffic in Dunhuang city: there are minibuses track along a fixed line in the city, more than 320, and Dunhuang city has various taxi service day and night. The city has more than 300 rickshaws, which is very convenient. In downtown mountain road, there are four bicycle rental sites. If you want to rent the tour bus, you can contact the front desk of local travel agency or star-rated hotel. And if you want to take ordinary bus, you can contact each Bus Passenger Transportation Center. From Dunhuang to Yumenguan Pass, there are hundred kilometers and takes around 1 hour to reach there go from Yumenguan Pass along the ancient Shulehe river valley towards west.

Travel Guide

【Opening time】: Whole time, the last tour bus in the scenic spot will be available at 17:20
【Best time to go】: Dunhuang climate is extremely arid continental climate with annual average temperature of 9.3 , the average temperature of 24.7 in July and minus 9.3 in January. Dry and have little rain all the year round, day and night temperature difference is great. In addition, Dunhuang has dry-hot wind and black sandstorm two natural disaster, visitors should be prepare early. Every year from May to October is the best time to travel.

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