Dunhuang (China)

Dunhuang Travel Guide and Trip Resources

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In a Gobi Desert oasis

Dunhuang is a city in Gansu Province of north-western China
An oasis city surrounded by vast sand dunes
UNESCO listed Mogao Caves are the top sight

Besides the city of Dunhuang (敦煌), there is not much else to see in these parts of Gansu, besides endless sand that is. Not that that does not create magnificent scenery in and of itself of course. Take a look for instance at Crescent Lake (Yueyaquan) to the south of the city - pictured with this article - and I am sure you will agree that the look of this landscape is quite magnificent. Besides checking out the lake, camel tours into the vast desert are popular there.

But the real attraction in this part of Gansu are the Mogao Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This collection of nearly 500 cave temples lies to the south-east of the city and is full of Buddhist arts (ranging from wall paintings to silk paintings and embroidery) as well as scriptures. Some of the temples are more than 1,500 years old, but all but a handful of the stacked cave openings are opened for visitors. Nevertheless this is one of the most complete collections of Buddhist artefacts anywhere in the world, and an absolute must-see.

In tow the Shazhou Night Market is worth checking out if you are hunting for souvenirs. You can fly into Dunhuang from for instance Beijing and Xian. [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Dunhuang is a city in China's region of Gansu. It has a population of 187,578, is situated at an altitude of 3757ft and the best airport to fly into is DNH (Dunhuang, Dunhuang)
  • The main spoken language here is Mandarin Chinese, and the average English skill is low
  • Note Dunhuang is not a good point of entry for trips to China as it is not well internationally connected. Instead try entering through for instance Shanghai or Beijing
  • The currency used in China is the Chinese yuan renminbi (RMB) (CNY)

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Dunhuang Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

30 41 55 70 81 88 91 90 81 66 46 34

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

0 0 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.3 0.6 0.2 0.1 0 0 0

More Dunhuang travel resources

You can check out more about Dunhuang at Travel China Guide, or this piece at CNN. Of course there is always Wikitravel to check out, while if you are looking for a good blog about Dunhuang I would recommend checking out this one at Jetbay. Apparently nightly camel rides are a big thing here.

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