Dunhuang Travel Guide

Dunhuang is in the western end of Hexi Corridor in Gansu province, located at the intersection of Gansu, Qinghai and Xinjiang provinces, with Sanwei mountain in the east, Echoing-sand mountain in the south, desert and Lop Nur in the west and Gobi in the north. Dunhuang, a significant city of the silk road, is famous for grottoes and frescoes, which is home to world heritage Mogao Cave, Yumenguan pass and Yangguan pass. Nowadays, it has become a well-known national historical and cultural city and a popular city for tourist.

Geographic position: Northwest China (92°13′E―95°30′E, 39°53′N―41°35′N

Climate: Warm Temperate and Arid Climate ( It has dry climate, less Rainfall and the temperature varies widely from day to night, which also has four distinctive seasons: warm spring, hot summer, cool autumn and cold winter.)

Nearby Airport: Dunhuang International Airport

Nearby Railway Station: DunHuang Railway Station


Chinese: 敦煌 dūn huáng
Population: 21M
Area: 12,355 sq miles
Airport: DNH
Zip Code: 736200
Time Zone: GMT+8


Mogao Caves


Echoing Sand Hill


Crescent Lake


Dunhuang Night Market

Top Things to Do in Dunhuang

Mogao Caves

Here are some top things to do in Dunhuang, which may help tourists learn the culture of Dunhuang, taste the delicious food and have a great travel experience.

A. When you travel in Dunhuang, you cannot miss appreciating the exquisite and precious art treasure–Mogao Caves. Mogao caves, also known as Thousand Buddha Caves, is renowned for delicate fresco and statue. The Mogao caves become the largest Buddhist art treasure house in the world with the richest contents and the longest history, which integrates architecture, stone carvings, murals and painted sculptures of various periods…

Yellow noodle with donkey meat

What to Eat in Dunhuang

  • Yellow noodle with donkey meat

Yellow noodle with donkey meat is a famous cuisine in Dunhuang. As the name shows, the “yellow noodle with donkey meat” is actually two dishes: donkey meat as a dish with hand-made yellow noodles as a staple food. The procedure of making yellow noodles is very exquisite. It is made of fine wheat flour and desert alkaline plants by various manual processes. The noodles are slightly yellow after being cooked, so it is called yellow noodles.

Dunhuang Travel Guide

1)How to plan your Dunhuang tour?

A. How many days willyou spend in Dunhuang?

a. One day tour

If you only have one day in Dunhuang, you can visit some must-visit scenic spots and landmark of Dunhuang, such as Mogao caves, Echoing-sand mountain and crescent lake and so on.

b. Two days tour

If you plan to spend two days in Dunhuang, you can not only go to the most representative and renowned attractions, but also go to some other interesting attractions. For example, you can choose to visit the Dunhuang Museum, where people can have a deeper understanding about Dunhuang and see many precious art treasures. And when you return to Dunhuang city after a day tour, the dunhuang night market is a good place for you to have a relax.

2) Visa Policy

There is no special visa requirement for Dunhuang tour.

Dunhuang Airport

3) Dunhuang Transportation


Dunhuang Internation Airport

Dunhuang International airport is located 13 kilometers from Dunhuang city and 15 kilometers from Mogao caves. In 2018, Dunhuang International airport improved its airline network layout and made breakthroughs in the development of the aviation aspect with remarkable results. Through unremitting efforts, 21 air routes have been opened, connecting to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Chengdu and other 19 international and domestic hub and popular cities. With increasingly perfect airline route network layout and radiation effect, the airport transportation of Dunhuang gets fast development.

  • Direct international flights:

Dunhuang International Airport-Asian Country and region: Dunhuang-the Kingdom of Cambodia, Dunhuang-Hongkong

  • Popular travel airlines: Dunhuang-Beijing, Dunhuang-Xi’an, Dunhuang-Chengdu, Dunhuang-Shanghai, Dunhuang-Lanzhou, Dunhuang-Zhangye, Dunhuang-Nanjing, Dunhuang-Hangzhou, Dunhuang-Urumqi,etc

4) Dunhuang Weather& What to wear& The Best Time to visit Dunhuang

Dunhuang is typical Warm Temperate and Arid Climate. The climate features of it are dry, long hours of sunshine, less rainfall and the temperature varies widely from day to night, which has four distinctive seasons: warm and windy spring, hot summer, cool autumn and cold winter. The annual sunshine duration is 3246.7 hours, and the annual average precipitation is 42.2 mm. And the annual average temperature is 9.9℃with the highest temperature is 41.7℃ and the lowest temperature is -30.5℃.

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