Dunhuang is a relatively small city in northern Dunhuang, located in an oasis of the Gobi desert at the historic junction of the northern and southern Silk Roads. It was made a prefecture in 117 BC by emperor Han Wudi and was a major point of interchange between China and the outside world during the Han and Tang dynasties.
Dunhuang is a surprisingly clean city with almost clean blue skies (a rarity in China) and a relatively highly developed city centre. Tourism plays a major role in Dunhaung's economy and the city has a good tourist infrastructure with many hotels. Tourist attractions include the dunes of the Gobi desert and the Mogao caves with murals painted on the walls.
01 Airport 02 China Southern plane in airport 03 Panorama view of Dunhuang 04 Central hospital
05 Tree lined pavement with bicycles 06 Fruit market stalls 07 China telecom building with antennas 08 Statue of woman with mandolin 09 Tree lined street
10 Camel 11 Street sweeper 12 Main street with ornamental arches 13 Bus station 14 Chinese arch in pedestrian area 15 Dunhuang museum
16 Pavement in main shopping street 17 Pedestrian area with stalls and white and blue flags 18 White and blue flags 19 Leiyin Buddhist temple main entrance 20 Incense pot in Leiyin Buddhist temple
21 Buddhist monks in Leiyin temple 22 Leiyin Buddhist temple inner court 23 Coloured prayer flags in Leiyin Buddhist temple
24 Shanzhuang Mountain Villa hotel 25 Street at night with neon lights and decorations 01 Panoramic view of cotton fields bordering desert
02 Panoramic view of cotton fields bordering desert 03 Tree line 04 Cotton plants field 05 Open cotton boll
06 Open cotton boll 07 Open cotton boll 08 Open cotton boll 09 Closed cotton boll 10 Cotton plants with bolls
11 Cotton plants with bolls 12 Open cotton boll 13 Open cotton boll 14 Closed cotton boll 15 Cotton plants field
16 Cotton plants field 01 Ripple patterns in sand dune 02 Ripple patterns in sand dune 03 Mingsha Shan sand dunes
04 Ripple patterns in sand dune 05 Panorama view of sand dunes and sun 06 Ripple patterns in sand dune 07 Plants growing on sand dune
08 Ripple patterns in sand dune 09 Ripple patterns in sand dune 10 Ripple patterns in sand dune 11 Mingsha Shan sand dunes 12 Golden sand dunes
13 Ripple patterns in sand dune 14 Sand dune crest 15 Sand dune crest 16 Panorama view of sand dunes
17 Panorama view of sand dunes 18 Sand dune and plant 19 Foot steps in sand dune 20 Shadows on sand dune
01 Sand dunes 02 Sand dunes 03 Sand dune crest 04 Panoramic view of sand dunes at sunset 05 Mingsha Shan sand dunes
06 Panoramic view of sand dunes at sunset 07 Panoramic view of sand dunes at sunset 08 Sunset
09 Sunset 10 Sunset
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