at the extreme western point of the Hexi corridor, was sometimes
the crossroads for the northern and southern Silk Routes, and
is a major stop along the Chinese leg of the Silk route today.
Dumhuang is a famous national cultural city of historical significance,
and top tourist city of China .There are a number of interesting
sights around it, such as Mogao Grottoes, Mingsha Sand Dunes,
Crescent Moon Lake, Yangguan and Yumenguan passes, and modeled
Shazhou Town of Song Dynasty, etc.
Grottoes, some 25km southwest of Dunhuang city, were carved on
cliff between 4th and the 14th century. This thousand Buddha cave
complex is arguably the most spectacular and the finest in the
world as a world art treasure house. There are 491 caves, in which
45000 sq. m of murals are still well preserved. Mogao Grottoes
is a world ;t world cultural legacy protected by UNESCO.
The mural of Mogao Grottoes reflects the happy life in Buddhist
paradise. This painting of flying devils and Bodhisattva is the
Minsha Sand Dunes and Crescent Moon Lake form an interesting
sight in Dunhuang with huge rolling sand dunes surrounding a pretty
lake. Cable and French report that "The skill of man made
the caves of the thousand Buddha, but the hand of God fashioned
the lake of the crescent Moon," which forms a wonder of desert.
It's great fun to climb this singing sands. It'. a bit as this
is hard but well worth the effort. a good place just to relax
and explore slowly.
pass is over 100km away from the town, opposite the Yangguan pass.
Yumenguan is the famous "Jade Gate", a pass at the Han
Great Wall, through which travelers heading west across the Lop
desert would pass after leaving Dunhuang.