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Dunhuang

When Dunhuang is mentioned, a desolate dessertscape would come to your mind, the boundless desert, scarcely-distributed oasis, tired camels etc.. Dunhuang, referred as Sand Oasis in ancient times, is a famous historical and cultural city of China and used to be an important city along Silk Road, a glorious silk trade route in ancient Chinese history. This slender-shaped city directly stretches to Western Regions, Central Asia and Europe, connecting China and western countries together. Walking westwards along the ancient Silk Road, you would be rewarded with the magnificent Great Wall, numerous historical sites, exquisite grotto art etc.. When you are visiting Dunhuang, you should never miss overwhelming Mogao Caves, mysterious Echoing-Sand Mountain, beautiful Crescent Lake, time-weathered Yumenguan Pass etc.. These are all great reasons for you to pay a visit to this time-honored cultural city. Come to Dunhuang, and you would be rewarded more than expected!

Things To Do

Dunhuang is a famous tourist city endowed with numerous historical sites and cultural sites, which appeals numerous travelers home and abroad to pay a visit all the year round. What are the must-do things along a perfect Dunhuang travel? ChinaTour.com just offers the top things to do in Dunhuang as follows. Under the guidance of these top things to do in Dunhuang, your Dunhuang travel would be enriched definitely. No Dunhuang travel is fantastic enough without these things to do in Dunhuang. Click for details about these top things to do in Dunhuang.

Sliding down from the Echoing-sand Mountain

Sliding down from the Echoing-sand Mountain is a must-do along a perfect Dunhuang travel. Hundreds of travelers slide down from the top of Echoing-sand Mountain simultaneously and the thunder-like echo would be created in a flash. The sound is loud that it could be heard in the downtown located 5 kilometers away. As the travelers slide down the mountain, the yellow sand is lashed and fly around randomly. Such exciting experience would definitely be a great pleasure to your eyes, ears, limbs and brain. How exciting it is!

Riding a Camel on the Echoing-sand Mountain

Riding a camel on the Echoing-sand Mountain is the most popular way for travelers to explore the myth of Echoing-sand Mountain and Crescent Lake around. Travelers just sit down onto the camel and form a large camel group, moving forward in the boundless dessert. On the top of the Echoing-sand Mountain, visitors could enjoy a panoramic view of the Crescent Spring nearby. Travelers could indulge themselves in the boundless desert, mysterious sand-echo, breathtaking desertscape, azure blue sky and crisp clean air heartily. How terrific it is!

Watch The Performance of Dunhuang Summer

Held by Dunhuang Hotel, the Dunhuang Summer performance is really a must-see along your Dunhuang travel. Taking the murals of Mogao Cave as its prototype, the Dunhuang Summer showcases the dance, clothes and music of different ethnic groups along the ancient Silk Road in the way of dancing. It would be a great feast to the travelers’ eyes. Never miss it!

Available Months: From June to October
Time: At 18:00-23:00

Visit the Mogao Cave

Mogao Cave is one of the Four Greatest Caves in China, together with Yungang Grottoes in Datong in Shanxi Province, Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang in Henan and Maiji Mount Grottoes in Tianshui in Gansu. It is known to the world for its large scale, numerous sculptures and overwhelming momentum. Your Dunhuang travel would be incomplete if missing the Mogao Cave.

Best Time to Visit

Dunhuang, a sparkling pearl embedded on the world-famous Silk Road, does have much to offer to travelers, the extraordinary desertscape, the profound culture and numerous historical sites etc.. These are also the reason why so many travelers domestic and abroad come to visit Dunhuang despite of fatigue and long journey. While, when is the best time to visit Dunhuang?

The best time to visit Dunhuang is from May to October, so plan your Dunhuang travel schedule ahead accordingly. Dunhuang is perched in the inner part of China and it rains seldom all the year round. The temperature gap between the day and the the night is extremely large. In spring, the hot wind and sand storm often come, so if you travel Dunhuang during this period, please prepare enough ahead of time. What’s more, visitors is kindly recommended to avoid traveling Dunhuang in the Golden Weeks of China, because many Chinese travelers also take this time to travel around, which would make the sightseeing spot much crowded. The Public Holidays of China 2014 is as follows.

Public Holidays of China 2014

New Year’s Day:1 January 2014
Spring Festival:30 January, 31 January 2014, 1 February 2014
Qing Ming Festival: 5 April 2014
May Day: May 1-May 3 2014
Dragon Boat Festival: 2 June 2014
Mid-Autumn Festival: 8 September 2014
National Day: 1 October 2014-7 October 2014

Dunhuang Attractions

Dunhuang is deemed as the sparkling pearl embedded along the ancient Silk Road trail and has long been a refuges for weary travelers. Most visitors only stayed long enough to swap a camel and have a feed, while Dunhuang has much more than this for travelers. The world-renowned Mogao Caves, mysterious Echoing-Sand Mountain, breathtaking Crescent Lake, time-weathered Yumenguan Pass, are all must-haves for a perfect Dunhuang travel. No Dunhuang travel is complete without them. Come to Dunhuang and experience these must-visits one by one and it would never disappoint you!

Crescent Spring
Echoing-sand Mountain
Mogao Caves
Yumenguan Pass of Great Wall

Dunhuang Tours

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18 Days Silk Road & Hexi Corridor Tour (INSR1701)

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The Silk Road is a historically important international trade route between China and the Mediterranean. Also, the modern cities, like Beijing and Shanghai, are included. This tour is a precious opportunity to have a deeper understanding about both the ancient China and the modern China. Stand closer, stay longer, and see the diversity of China.
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12 Days China Silk Road Experiences (INSR1202)

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The Silk Road is a historically important international trade route between China and the Mediterranean. Join us to visit Beijing and the Silk Road. You can learn the development history about China while enjoying your days and nights in China.
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11 Days Classic Silk Road Tour (INSR1001)

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The Silk Road is a historically important international trade route between China and the Mediterranean. Join us and explore the west part of the sill road with us! The main destinations include Urumqi, Turpan, Dunhuang, and Xi'an. Let's go back to that era and lost in the amazing natural views.

Dunhuang Culture

Dunhuang Mogao Cave, subscribed into world culture heritage in 1987, is the most valuable cultural discovery in the 20th century. Dunhuang Mogao Cave is world-known for its Buddhist murals and sculptures, and it is the largest and richest Buddhism holy land in the world so far. Its impressive scale and rich content on the murals and sculptures are unparalleled to the ones in any other religion caves, temples and palaces. Murals in Dunhuang Mogao Cave are Buddhist ones predominantly, among which Flying Apsaras are the most famous. Flying Apsaras is the symbol of Dunhuang culture, which is also a branch of Buddhism murals.

Culture

Buddhism Culture

Dunhuang Mogao Cave, subscribed into world culture heritage in 1987, is the most valuable cultural discovery in the 20th century. Dunhuang Mogao Cave is world-known for its Buddhist murals and sculptures, and it is the largest and richest Buddhism holy land in the world so far. Its impressive scale and rich content on the murals and sculptures are unparalleled to the ones in any other religion caves, temples and palaces. Murals in Dunhuang Mogao Cave are Buddhist ones predominantly, among which Flying Apsaras are the most famous. Flying Apsaras is the symbol of Dunhuang culture, which is also a branch of Buddhism murals.

Dinning Culture

Snacks in Dunhuang are diverse, while noodles are predominant. The most famous local noodles in Dunhuang are Yellow Noodles and Niang Pi Zi Cold Noodles, both of which are full of distinctive folk flavor. As time goes by, Dunhuang Cuisine becomes more and more popular, which is elegant in taste, innovative in cooking methods, distinctive in flavor. Now, Dunhuang cuisine has become one of the New Eight Cuisines in China, together with Jilin Cuisine, Hangzhou Cuisine, Shenyang Cuisine, Xian Cuisine, Shanghai Cuisine, Ningbo Cuisine and Shanxi Cuisine. What’s more, the fabulous Three Banquets in Dunhuang, namely Dunhuang Banquet, Dunhuang Dream Banquet and Duhuang Music and Dance Banquet are famous all over the world.

Folk Dance

Folk dance in Dunhuang is colorful and boisterous, which is particular true during the Spring Festival. Along the folk dance of Dunhuang, the social dance named Shehuo is the most famous. When the Shehuo performance is on, all the drums beat delightfully, the colorful flags fly randomly and the citizens dance joyously, showcasing Dunhuang people’s delight from harvest and best wishes for the new year. If your Silk Road travel come to Dunhuang, never miss discovering the folk Shehuo dance of Dunhuang, which would be a great feast to your eyes.

Dunhuang Food

Dunhuang food is brimming with profound northwestern flavor. Just like people in other places of northwest area of China, people in Dunhuang is much particular about noodles, both in preparing elements and in eating methods. The most representative Dunhuang food are Cold Noodle, Yellow Noodles, Hand-made Noodles with Diced Meat etc.. To any travelers, their Dunhuang travel are incomplete if they missed tasting these must-eats.

Food

Dunhuang food is brimming with profound northwestern flavor. Just like people in other places of northwest area of China, people in Dunhuang is much particular about noodles, both in preparing elements and in eating methods. The most representative Dunhuang food are Cold Noodle, Yellow Noodles, Hand-made Noodles with Diced Meat etc.. To any travelers, their Dunhuang travel are incomplete if they missed tasting these must-eats.

Dunhuang Food-What to Eat in Dunhuang

Cold Noodle Niang Pi Zi

Dunhuang Cold Noodle is the most representative snack is Dunhuang, and it is really a must-have along your Dunhuang travel. Dunhuang cold noodle is featured with its unique making method and special local flavor. Served with other seasons like vinegar, salt, garlic, sesame oil, cucumber and chili oil, the cold noodle tastes much more delicious.

Dunhuang Yellow Hand-pulled Noodle

Yellow Hand-pulled Noodle is another local-flavored food in Dunhuang. The yellow hand-pulled noodle is as thin as dragon whiskers and as long as golden threads, durable in flavor and palatable in taste. The preparing method of yellow noodle is much complicated and sophisticated, which could be deemed as a noodle-making art in China. The yellow hand-pulled noodle is usually served with soup or sauce with other vegetables, which tastes much more appetite.

Hand-made Noodles with Diced Meat

Hand-made Noodles with Diced Meat is much famous local food in Dunhuang. The hand-made noodles with diced meat is much particular about flour-mixing, noodle-slicing, soup-seasoning, ingredient-choosing, and meat-cooking. Each cooking step is much particular and sophisticated. The noodle must be rolled as thin as paper and sliced as thin as thread. The soup for eating this kind of noodle could be vegetable soup or meat soup, while the ingredients for the soup are all local specialties. Served with the diced meat, the noodles taste much more appetite.

Dunhuang Shopping

As is known to all, Dunhuang, as a famous historical city, is a great getaway many history-lovers, while it also has much to offer for shopping-addicts. The most famous shopping place in Dunhuang is Shazhou market located in the Sunshine Middle Road. Other shopping places like Feitian Shopping Mall, Tianma Shopping Mall and Jifangzhai Market, are all distributed in the downtown of Dunhuang, which are all great getaway for shopping.

Shopping

As is known to all, Dunhuang, as a famous historical city, is a great getaway many history-lovers, while it also has much to offer for shopping-addicts. The most famous shopping place in Dunhuang is Shazhou market located in the Sunshine Middle Road. Other shopping places like Feitian Shopping Mall, Tianma Shopping Mall and Jifangzhai Market, are all distributed in the downtown of Dunhuang, which are all great getaway for shopping.

Dunhuang Shopping-What to Buy in Dunhuang

Dunhuang Melon

Dunhuang melon is the most famous local fruit in Dunhuang and you should never miss tasting this kind of melon along your Dunhuang travel. The Dunhuang melon is much bigger than ordinary watermelons. Even the small one could weights 10 kilogram , while the big one weights 20 kilogram. Due to the unparalleled condition of growing melons, the Dunhuang melon tastes much more sweet. Never miss it!

Colored Sculptures

The colored sculpture is the most distinctive local specialty of Dunhuang, which imitates the colored sculptures of Mogao caves, sophisticated in workmanship, diverse in forms, lively in facial expressions. It is a good souvenir to travelers who believe in Buddhism.

Luminous Cup

Luminous Cup is another must-buy along your Dunhuang travel,. The luminous cup produced in Dunhuang Crafts Factory is quite famous, which is usually served for drinking wine. Put in the dark night, the cup glints brightly. Hence, the name luminous cup is given. Never miss buying it in your shopping plan.

Dates on the Echoing-sand Mountain

Dates on the echoing-sand mountain is one of the Eight Oddities in Dunhuang, which is definitely a must-buy along your Dunhuang travel. Dates on the echoing-sand mountain is famous for its large size, rich nutrition and high medical value, which has the special function of producing blood, nourishing heart and calming mind. The dates on the echoing-sand mountain are usually used to produce dried dates and wine-brewed dates, which both have distinctive flavor.

Dunhuang Suoyang Medicine

Dunhuang Suoyang medicine is fifth one among the Eight Oddities of Dunhuang. Suoyang is a a special rare medicine growing in Dunhuang, which enjoys a reputation of “Ginseng in the Desert”. It grows on the snow-covered Gobei desert and the place where it lives would never freeze. How amazing and mysterious it is!

Dunhuang Luobuma Tea

The Dunhuang Luobuma Tea is the seventh of the Eight Oddities in Dunhuang. Dunhuang is located on the eastern edge of Luobu Lake, where large amount of Luuobuma tea was produced. The Lupbuma tea is of great medical value and highly favored among the local people. Therefore, never miss tasting this tea along your Dunhuang travel.

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