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Dunhuang Overview

Dunhuang, a small city in Gansu Province, is located near the crossroads of the ancient Silk Road,founded by Emperor Wudi of the Han Dynasty. The name “Dunhuang”, meaning “to flourish and prosper”, indicates its prominence in ancient times.

Dunhuang is well known for its profound history in ancient times, especially its status as the best stop of Silk Road. Now it attracts people from all over the world for breathtaking landscape, natural beauty and fabulous historical relics.

The Mogao Grottoes, also known as Thousand Buddha Caves, preserve nearly a thousand years of Buddhist cave-temple architecture, clay sculpture, mural paintings, and manuscripts, dating from the 5th to the 14th centuries.

Travelers can venture to the Crescent Moon Lake, a natural reservoir surrounded by towering sand dunes. A tough climb to the top of the dune will give you access to splendid views, with the more adventurous having the opportunity to paraglide back down again.

White Horse Pagoda, Yandan National Geologic Park, Echoing-Sand Mountain and so on also provide wonderful views of Dunhuang.

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