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Dunhuang is an ancient desert staging post on the Silk Road, rich in culture, relics and natural scenery. It's the best tourist destination in Gansu Province. Dunhuang was the gateway to Xinjiang for those on the Silk Road taking the south route around the Taklamakan Desert to Kashgar, and a must-do detour for tourists on the northern route via Turpan and Urumqi.

The top attractions around Dunhuang are:
1. the Mogao Grottoes, the greatest treasure trove of Buddhist statues and murals in the world,
2. the Singing Sand Mountains and Crescent Spring,  all the beauty of desert and oasis scenery a stone's throw from the city, and
3. the desert forts of Yangguan (Yang Pass) and Yumen Guan (Yumen Pass), which, though not strictly part of the Great wall, were part of the Chinese Empire's extreme western defences.


Though Dunhuang has an airport 15 km (10 mi) from the city center, a train journey would offer an unforgettable scenic experience. The nearest station is an hour by coach from Dunhuang. Consider exploring the Silk Road by the Shangri-la Express, a luxury train running from Beijing to Urumqi.

However, the road from Jiayuguan, the western end of the Great Wall and nearest major place to Dunhuang, is 400 km (250 mi) long, a coach journey of several hours. Not recommended!

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The Sakya Monastery located in Sakya County, stands in the southem and the northern, two parts on either side of Dongchu River.This monastery is the centre of the Sakyapa Sect (White Earth Order). The construction of the monastery was started in 1073 by Kung ...Read More
Gaochang was built in the 1st century BC. It was an important site along the Silk Road. It was burnt down in wars in the 14th century. Old palace ruins and inside and outside cities can still be seen today. Gao Chang is located in present-day Xinjiang Province...Read More
Splendid China Splendid China is an attraction at the Overseas Chinese Town, Shenzhen that has scaled down replicas of China's historical buildings, wonderful scenes and folk customs. The scale models are mainly in a ratio of 1:15 and the exhibits are ...Read More

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by Bethshaya 2011-05-23
To the east of the Niya ruins is another world-famous city ruins that of the Loulan Kingdom, which was swallowed up by the shifting sands of the Taklamakan Desert some 1,400 years ago. On the west bank of Lop Nur Lake, which is now a lake of sand instead of water, the Ancient City of Loulan was founded in the 2nd century BC in an oasis with rich water ...
by Iluka 2011-05-23
Dazu Rock Carvings, Chengdu Attractions The Dazu Rock Carvings contains all the cliffside carvings in Dazu County. The collection is composed of the rock carvings in Beishan, Baodingshan, Nanshan, Shimenshan as well as Shizhuanshan, all of which are of the highest artistic attainment and demonstrate the most exquisite skills. Dazu County, reputed as 'the ...
by Bela 2011-05-23
Sakya Monastery, 160 kilometers west of Shigatze, is composed of the Southern and the Northern Monasteries. The Northern Monastery was built in 1097 and the Southern Monastery in 1268. The Southern Monastery houses large numbers of cultural relics including the titles, seals, crowns, garments and ornaments awarded by the Yuan Sakya Monastery s Imperial Court ...