Dunhuang is famous for its exquisite grottoes and murals. This shining jewel on the Silk Road has been a cultural treasure for thousands of years. Dunhuang attractions are spread over two touring routes, the East and West. The main attractions on the eastern route are the Mogao Grottoes and the Mingsha Mountain & Crescent Lake, both of which are close to downtown Dunhuang. The western route is about 300km long and is characterized by a sense of desolation and sadness. The main attractions include the Western Thousand Buddha Caves, the Yumen Pass, the ruins of the Great Wall of China, the Yardang National Geopark and the Yangguan Pass.
Ghost City, Dunhuang Yardang National Geopark

Ghost City, Dunhuang Yardang National Geopark

Dunhuang Yardang National Geopark is a large, remote desert area, listed as both a World Cultural Heritage Site and a Global Geopark by UNESCO for its unique Yardang landform and its importance in the history – Silk Road. Located about 185 kilometers (115 miles) northwest of Dunhuang City, it ...


Yulin Grottoes

Yulin Grottoes

The Yulin Grottoes, aka Ten-Thousand-Buddha Gorge, is a branch of the Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes art complex, which is located 76 km (47 miles) south of Guazhou county, nearly 180 km (112 miles) east of Dunhuang City, Gansu Province. The caves were excavated on the East-West cliffs on both sides of Yul...


Dunhuang Night Market (Shazhou Night Market)

Dunhuang Night Market (Shazhou Night Market)

Dunhuang night market, also known as Shazhou night market, located at Yangguan east road, is the largest local night market in Dunhuang. There is the gathering place of delicious delicacies and characteristic handicrafts of silk road, which is known as “night scene” and “classical ...


Echoing-Sand Mountain (Mingsha Shan) and Crescent Lake

Echoing-Sand Mountain (Mingsha Shan) and Crescent Lake

Echoing-sand mountain and crescent lake, located 5 kilometers south of Dunhuang city, Gansu province, covers an area of 31,200 square kilometers. The main attractions here are echoing-sand mountain and crescent lake. Echoing-sand mountain is more than 40 kilometers long from east to west and about 2...


Mogao Caves

Mogao Caves

Mogao caves, also known as the Thousand Buddha Caves, is located in Dunhuang. It was built in the sixteen kingdoms period, and it was constantly constructed in the northern dynasties, the Sui, the Tang, the five dynasties and ten kingdoms, the western Xia, the Yuan and other dynasties. it formed a h...


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