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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.

Mogao Grottoes
To mention Dunhuang, Mogao Grottoes can not be missed. Mogao Grottoes is not only the most representative attraction in Dunhuang, but also famous Buddhism center of the world.
Located 25 kilometers southeast of Dunhuang, Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes is Thousand Buddha Grottoes as a whole which is carved out of the sandstone cliffs of Mingsha Mountain. With the length of 1,600 meters from south to north, Mogao Grottoes can be divided into five tiers. Mogao Grottoes was first chiseled in 366 AD. 492 grottoes and more than 45,000 square meters fresco paintings are left now.
Mogao Grottoes is just like a great art palace, or a cyclopaedia. Mogao Caves are a depository of historical and cultural exchanges over more than one thousand years between China and other nations.
Admission Fee: 160 yuan (May 1 to Oct. 31)
80 yuan (Nov.1 to Apr.30)
Opening Hours: 08:10 to 18:00
Mogao Grottoes Mogao Grottoes

Yumen Pass
Yumen Pass, or Jade Gate, was a strategic pass on the ancient Silk Road in ancient times. Yumen Pass is also the one road connecting Central Asia and China, which is called Western Regions. The poem written by famous poet Wang Wei of Tang Dynasty made this pass more famous: “Beyond the Yumen Pass the breath of Sring has never crossed".
Yumen Pass is located at 90 kilometers northwest of Dunhuang. It is said that Hetian Jades in Western Regions were transported to China through Yumen Pass in the Western Han Dynasty. Today"s Yumen Pass is a small square castle standing on the sand mound in the east-west strip of desert.
Journey to Yumen Pass will require an entire day since the route is not very well marked. To hire a minibus or other vehicle should cost you about 500 yuan. Worth to go or not to, you decide.
Yumen Pass Yumen Pass

Yangguan Pass
Yangguan Pass was another important pass on the Silk Road in the ancient times. Yangguan Pass was originally built by Emperor Wu in Hang Dynasty
Yangguan Pass is located approximately 70 kilometers southwest of Dunhuang. In Chinese, Yang means “south", Because Yangguan Pass lies to the south of the Yumenguan Pass, it derived its name. Yangguan Pass is in ruins now, buried under sand dunes. Only a ruined tower which stands on a reddish sandstone hill is left.
Yangguan Pass Yangguan Pass

Echoing Sand Mountain
Have you ever seen that a mountain can make sound? Now you will have the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful spectacle of the Echoing Sand Mountain.
Echoing Sand Mountain is located five kilometers away from Dunhuang downtown. There are five dunes, of which the vertical height of the largest dune is about 100 meters. The sand of the mountain has many colors ranging from red to yellow, green, black and white. When a strong wind blows, the fast shifting sand roars. When a light breeze comes, the sand creates gentle, beautiful sounds akin to music. The climb to the top of the dunes is a sweaty work, but it is worthy to do. You can climb the Echoing Sand Mountain on foot or on the back of a camel. Just enjoy yourself!
Echoing Sand Mountain Echoing Sand Mountain

Crescent Spring
Encircled by the Echoing Sand Mountain, there is Crescent Spring so called because of its shape. Crescent Spring is considered as “the first spring in desert".
Crescent Spring is a magical oasis in the desert, and the formation of the lake resulted from a geological peculiarity. Crescent Spring used to be large in history, boats can run in the Crescent Spring easily. Now Crescent Spring is becoming smaller and smaller.
The best time to visit Crescent Spring is from April to October. You can go there during this time.
Admission Fee: 120 yuan (including Echoing Sand Mountain )
Opening Hours: 06:00 to 17: 50
Crescent Spring Crescent Spring


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