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Adventures in Wonderland – Dunhuang


A travel may be caused by several reasons such as a wonderful travelogue, a good movie or a profound books. Because of a poem, I chose to visit Dunhuang.

In Chinese, Dun means big and Huang means prosperity. Dunhuang adjoins Sanwei Mountain in the east, Qilian Mountain in the south and Lop Nur in the west. Dunhuang, as an important town along Silk Road, plays an role in connecting China with western countries.

Stereo Art – Mogao Cave

Referring to Dunhuang, the best-known Mogao Cave come into tourists’ mind. Every tourist has their own ways to explain the mystery and miracle of Mogao Cave.

Mogao Cave are, simply put, one of greatest repositories of Buddhist art in the world. At its peak, the cave housed 18 monasteries, over 1400 monks and nuns and countless artists, translators and calligraphers. With the history of more than 1600 years, the cave began to build in 366 AD and was enlarged in the successive dynasties. It contains 492 minor caves which were constructed in ten dynasties from late East-jin Dynasty to Yuan Dynasty. The cave fell into disuse after the collapse of Yuan Dynasty and were largely forgotten until the early 20th century.

Before entering the cave, your camera is required to be stored. Without camera, you can be single-minded in appreciating Buddhism art.

Colorful Sands -Singing Sands Mountain

Singing Sands Mountain is also a must-see attraction when visiting Dunhuang. On the sunny day, the sands sing accompanying on sound of trickle of Crescent Moon Lake when you climb sands dunes and tread in the sands. The sands on Singing sands Mountain have five colors including red, yellow, green, black and white.

If you are courageous enough, you can experience the fun of sliding down from the top of the dunes with a chante whispering in your ears. You can also try to ride a camel to experience Silk Road scene – camel trade group.

Yadan National Park

The unique geographical conditions in Dunhuang creates the splendid Yadan landform. Yadan National is 180 kilometer northwest of Dunhuang, in the middle of Gobi Desert awesome nothingness. Without any plants, what you

see is sands. The height of Yadan landform ranges from 4 meters to about 30 meters and length and width from over ten meters to several hundreds meters. It looks like castles in the middle age on the whole.

To get to Yadan, you have to pass by the Jade Gate Pass, 102 km from Dunhuang and the South Pass, 78 km west of Dunhuang, Han Dynasty series of beacon towers which extended to the garrison town of Loulan in Xinjiang.