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Dunhuang Travel Guide
Geographical Position
As a major stop on the ancient Silk Road, Dunhuang is situated in an oasis containing Crescent Lake and Mingsha Mountain. Dunhuang is a county-level city in Gansu, it is in the juncture of Gansu, Qinghai and Xinjiang.

Area
Dunhuang has a total area of 31,200 square kilometers.

Population
Dunhuang has a population of 180,000, in which the agricultural population occupies half.

Nationalities
There are more than ten nationalities in Dunhuang, in which Han occupies most. Minorities like Hui, Mongolian, Miao, Man and others occupy 1.06 percent.

Weather
Dunhuang belongs to continental climate. The obvious characters of Dunhuang are arid climate, little rainfall, large evaporation, large difference of day and night, and long sunlight. The annual average temperature is 9.3 °C. Dunhuang is extremely hot in summer and bitterly cold in winter.

History
As the most westerly frontier military garrison in China, Dunhuang was the center of trade between China and its western neighbors In ancient times. Dunhuang is named “Historical and Cultural City of China” by State Department in 1986.

Major Attractions
Mogao Caves, Echoing-sand Mountain, Crescent Lake, Yangguan Pass, Yumenguan Pass, Dunhuang Museum, Ancient City of Dunhuang Movie Set, etc.

Dunhuang Shopping
Dunhuang Shopping

Dunhuang is a favorite tourist city in China for its long culture. You will find few famous large supermarkets here. Sopping steets and markets play a very important role in local people”s daily life. The shopping places inside Dunhuang include Gongxiao Market, Feitian Market, Tianma Market, Shazhou Market.

You will find many handcrafts, gifts and souvenirs in Dunhuang, including hand-made carpets and Magao Grotto frescos. Dunhuang fruits are also very famous. You can eat Liguang apricots, Mingshan dates, Ziyang peaches, and Yangguan grapes there.

Dunhuang Dining
Dunhuang Dining

Dunhuang food is influenced by the nomads. Mutton and beef are the most popular food among local people. Dunhuang people also like to eat pastry. Shazhou Night Market is the best place to have Dunhuang specialties at night.

Food of Dunhuang takes elegant taste. There are also many specialties in Dunhuang, including Dunhuang Niang Pizi, Silk Road Camel Hoof, Stir Fried Hump with Five Shredding, etc.

Dunhuang Weather
Dunhuang Weather

Being surrounded by high mountains, Dunhuang belongs to continental climate. It is dry all year round with very little rainfall. The annual average temperature is 9.3 °C, but ranges from 24.7 °C in July to −9.3°C in January.
The obvious characters of Dunhuang are arid climate, little rainfall, large evaporation, large difference of day and night, and long sunlight. Dunhuang has hot summers and cold winters.

Dunhuang Nightlife
Dunhuang Nightlife

Dunhuang nightlife is colorful with obvious local characteristics. When spring comes, the local people join in an activity at night, dancing and singing. When it becomes dark, all the lights are turned on. You can do what you like there.
In Chinese, we call this activity “Fire Society” which includes many local sports. You can also go to street watching or taking part in the traditional opera performance of Qinqiang and Meihu or go to cinemas.




Dunhuang Attraction
Dunhuang Attraction

Dunhuang, the pearl of the Silk Road, is famous for its tourist resources. The beautiful natural sights attract many tourists from both home and abroad to come to Dunhuang. The most famous sight is Mogao Grottoes.
Nowadays, Dunhuang is opening her arms to welcome tourists from all over the world.



Dunhuang Transportation
Dunhuang Transportation

As one of the most important traffic hub of Northeast China, Dunhuang enjoys convenient transportation. What"s more, Dunhuang is also one of China"s gateways into vast Siberia, Russia and northeast Asia.
There are also many forms of transportation in Dunhuang. Once you arrive at Dunhuang, getting around the town will make you feel more independent and ready for the challenge that lies ahead.



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