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Best Places to visit in Dunhuang

What are the Best Places to Visit in Dunhuang? Dunhuang’s beauty is wild and merely nature which hidden in the vast desert. Where to visit in Dunhuang? It has fertile fields, umbrageous woodlands and clear spring, it also enjoys precious presents from desert - Sand dune that could sing songs and earth mounds that with wind-carved boulders and outcrops. Travel with us, to explore its unique oasis-like charm.

Mogao Grottoes

Mogao Grottoes, along with Yungang Grottoes in Datong and Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang, are the 3 Great Grottoes of China. Located precipice at on the east foot of the Mingsha Hill, it was first dug in 366 A.D. Famous for its fabulous frescos and statues and incomparable artistic value, in December 1987, it has been included into the List of the World Cultural Heritages by the UNESCO.

Mogao Grottoes

There are five grottoes with a wooden structure in this area. The Mogao Grottoes is the largest, oldest and the best-preserved Buddhist grottoes with the richest contents in the world today. The total number of Mogao Grottoes is 492 in which there are over 2,800 sculptures and 45,000 square meters of murals.

Crescent Spring and Singing Sand Dune

The Singing Sand Dune (Mingsha Hill) and Crescent Spring are twin sisters of natural beauty in the wild Gobi Desert. Crescent Spring is a miracle in the desert. Shaped as a new moon, the Crescent Spring with bright green water is surrounded by the sand but never buried by it.

Crescent Spring

Singing Sand Dune is piled up with shifting sand in five colors, which consisted mainly of quartz, thus when shaking, quivering or friction, the Diabolo Effect roused will cause serial sound.
Dunhuang Yadan National Geologic Park features the unique and wonderful scenes and landscapes of gobi desert. It seems as a natural art museum of the world while located in a desert and delivers many delights and enjoyments to you.

Yadan National Geologic Park

Yadan National Geologic Park is the largest one of Yadan Landform found so far, which is situated 180 kilometers in the northwest away from Dunhuang City. It features the unique and wonderful scenes and landscapes of gobi desert.

Yadan National Geologic Park

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. In this park, 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.

Yangguan Pass

Also known as the Southern Pass, Yangguan Pass is sitting 75 kilometers southwest of Dunhuang, was originally built by Emperor Wu as one of two most important passes protecting in the Hang Dynasty. The other one is the Great Wall of Han Dynasty.

Yangguan Pass

The Yangguan Pass was the important pass on the Southern Way of Silk Road, and the significant gateway connecting Central China and Western Regions. Today, the Yangguan Pass is the vital part of the Silk Road culture, and one of the representative relics of China Great Wall culture.

To certain extent, Yangguan Pass has been ruined with numbers of sections buried in the shifting sands after thousands of years. As a result, it is hard to have any walls in sight, with the only visible sections being the foundations of some of the walls. To the south of the mound is an expanse containing millions of pieces of broken tile over an area of twenty square kilometers, some of the last remaining evidence of civilization here.

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