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Dunhuang Travel Guide & Silk Road Tours

Dunhuang is one of the most famous tourist cities in Northwest China. Dunhuang has been a tourists site for more than one thousand years.  As an important part of the Silk Road, Dunhuang is the intersection of multi-cultural fusion and collision, where Chinese, Indian, Greek and Islamic cultures meet. The important geographical and gateway for the integration of ancient Eastern and Western cultures created the irreplaceable position of Dunhuang.

The city was founded by Emperor Wudi of the Han dynasty in 111 BC at the cross roads of two trading routes on the Silk Road, and the name 'Dunhuang', meaning to'to flourish and prosper,' gives some indication of the town's prominence in ancient China. It is much less important today. Thus, Dunhuang is the must see city for travelers to get close to know Chinese silk road history and culture. 

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Top Dunhuang Tours

One Day Dunhuang Tour to Mogao Grottoes and Mingshan Mountain (Mogao Grottoes, Mingshashan)


Highlights:Book this one day Dunhuang tour to visit the most representative attractions on the ancient Silk Road. Accompanied by your knowledgeable guide, take an insight into Mogao Grottoes and Mingsha Mountain, you’ll be amazed by the spectacular carvings and mural paintings and have an option to experience the camel-riding from Mingshashan to Crescent Lake.

2-Day Dunhuang Silk Road Tours From Xian by Flight (Start & End in Xian)


Highlights: Dunhuang is one of the best places nearby Xian to discover the ancient China silk road, an important international trade route linking China and the West. With 2-Day Dunhuang Silk Road Tours from Xian, get the best of Dunhuang the city has to offer. Marvel at the greatest treasure-trove of Buddhist art - Mogao Grottoes, you'll be amazed by the spectacular carvings and mural paintings. You also have an option to experience the camel-riding from Echoing-Sand Mountain to Crescent Lake. 

2 Days Dunhuang Classic Tour(Shazhou Night Market, Mingshashan & Crescent Lake, Dunhuang 

Museum, Mogao Grottoes) 


Highlights: Take a 2-day Dunhuang tour package to fully feel the charm of Dunhuang city, known as the shinning pearl in the Gobi desert and the bright star of ancient Silk Road. This tour covers the top cultural heritage, spectacular desert scenery as well as the historical sites that you can not missed when you visit Dunhuang. Bring your curiosity, walk into this Silk Road city with your professional tour guide.

3 Days Dunhuang Highlights Tour Package (Mogao Grottoes, Shazhou Night Market, Mingsha Mountain & Crescent Lake, Dunhuang Museum, Desert Camping, Sunrise in Gobi Desert)


Highlights: In addition to the regular scenic spots, Dunhuang has its unknown mystery. Delvo into Dunhuang's multicultural heritage on a private 3-Day tour package with your local expert guide. Visit the vast Gobi desert, Mogao Grottoes, Shazhou Night Market and much more. Then, experience the sand skiing and desert camping. The memorable silk road trip to Dunhuang is all inclusive, no extra expense is needed in the whole tour.

Silk Road Tour: 3 Days Dunhuang Tour from Xian


Highlights: Xian played an important role in ancient silk road since it was the starting point of the silk route. If you are looking for the best Silk Road Tours from Xian, 3 Days Dunhuang tour from Xian is perfect for you. There are few direct flights from Xian to Dunhuang every day, which facilitates your trip from Xian to Dunhuang easier. During this tour, explore the mysterious and attractive silk route culture and the history of ancient China. Round-way Xian Dunhuang air tickets and round-way airport pickup & drop off included.

4 Days Dunhuang Tour with Mogao Grottoes (Yardan National Geologic Park, Yumenguan Pass, Mogao Grottoes, Shazhou Night Market, Mingsha Mountain & Crescent Lake)


Highlights: Make the most of your sightseeing time in Dunhuang to uncover the fascinating ancient silk route on this 4-Day Dunhuang tour package. In addition to the Mogao Grottoes and Mingshashan, this trip also includes the visit to Yumenguan Pass guarded by ancient soldiers and Yaedan National Geopark. Immerse yourself in the essence of both Dunhuang's culture and nature with the best featured attractions.

What to See in Dunhuang


Dunhuang MuseumMingsha Mountain
Crescent Lake
 Mogao Caves
Shazhou Night MarketWhite Horse Pagoda

Frenquetly Asked Questions on Planing Dunhuang Tours & Dunhuang Silk Road Tours
1. Which season is the best time for visiting Dunhuang?
The best season to visit Dunhuang is from May to October, and it is also the peak season of travelling. During this period, the climate is comfortable and the weather is great.

2. How Can I get to Dunhuang?
By Plane
Dunhuang is located in the northwest of China. Strictly speaking, Air Plane is one of the best means of transportation to Dunhuang. Due to the small area of Dunhuang, there is only one airport-Dunhuang International Airport. At present, only Beijing, Yinchuan, Wuhan, Shanghai, Nanjing, Lanzhou, Jinchang, Zhangye, Xian, Urumqi, Chengdu, Chongqing and Hangzhou have direct flights to Dunhuang. In terms of airlines, Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Capital Airlines and Huaxia Airlines all have flights. But not all year round. Tourists who choose to fly must pay attention to the real-time flight information.

By Train
There are two railway stations in Dunhuang-Dunhuang Railway Station and Liuyuan South Railway Station. Due to the fact that it is not as densely populated as the cities in the east of China, the trains to Dunhuang railway station are very limited. Most tourists will choose to go to Lanzhou by train or plane first, then transfer to Dunhuang. This is the most convenient way.

By Bus
Dunhuang bus station has been relocated behind Dunhuang Hotel in 2010. There are buses to Lanzhou, Turpan, Urumqi, Golmud as well as Dunhuang sights like Mingsha Mountain, Crescent Spring.

3. How to get around Dunhuang?
1). By Bike: icycles can be rented in the local coffee shop. 1 RMB/Hour. Not recommended in summer.
2). By Bus: Some sights near the town can be reached by the public buses like Mogao Grottoes and Mingsha Mountain.
3). By Car: You can rent a car during your trip in Dunhuang, or take a taxi to each attractions, charge by meters.

4. What to pack if I travel to Dunhuang?
A windbreaker, a pair of durable and comfortable shoes, a down jacket (better with hat), sunscreen cream, sun block, skin cream and lip balm, sunglasses, medicine for urgent use.

5. What's the Weather in Dunhuang?
Dunhuang is located in the intersection of Gansu, Qinghai and Xinjiang. Because it is deep inland, blocked by high mountains and far away from the humid ocean air flow, so Dunhuang belongs to the extremely arid continental climate, with three main characteristics: First, sufficient sunshine, According to the annual average climate data, the annual average sunshine hours in Dunhuang reached 3200 hours. Second, dry and less rain. Third, there are four distinct seasons.

6. Where can I take flights to Dunhuang?
At present, only Beijing, Yinchuan, Wuhan, Shanghai, Nanjing, Lanzhou, Jinchang, Zhangye, Xian, Urumqi, Chengdu, Chongqing and Hangzhou have direct flights to Dunhuang. In terms of airlines, Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Capital Airlines and Huaxia Airlines all have flights.

7. What are the local food in Dunhuang? 
There are many local delicacies in Dunhuang, such as Yellow Noodles with Donkey Meat, Camel Hoof on Silk Road, Stir-fried Hump with Five Shredding, Dunhuang Rang Pi, Quick-frying Hump, Fry Oil Cake,ect.

8. How to get to Dunhuang From Xian?
Dunhuan g is located in Gansu Province in Western China, Xian is located in Shaanxi province. Around 1718km between Dunhuang and Xian city. The best way from Xian to Dunhuang is take the flight. There are 4 direct flights between Xian and Dunhuang every day. It takes about 2.5 hours by air. There is only one train (K367) from Xian to Dunhuang(22Hours).

9. How to get to Mogao Grotooes From Dunhuang city?
By Taxi: From Dunhuang city to Mogao Caves, you can take a taxi, one-way is about 35 yuan.
By Bus: There are many CMB directly to the Mogao Caves in the urban area of Dunhuang. CNY 5/P.P. If you are going to the peak season, you can take the green leather bus near the Dunhuang Hotel and get a fare of CNY 8. If you stay late in the cave, you can take a minibus that picks up the staff after 18:00.

10. What can we buy in Dunhuang?
Dunhuang specialties are Handcrafts of carpet, painted sculpture, craftworks of camels, luminous cup, calligraphy and painting and Dunhuang wax printing, etc are the most famous.

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