Dunhuang Attractions - Things to Do
Dunhuang is the top tourist city in China. Its incredible beauty is difficult to be described in words. Its key points of interest and natural sights are shockingly beautiful and capable of tugging at one's heart. The Pearl of the Silk Road, Dunhuang, opens her arms to welcome tourists from all over the world.
Top Things to Do in Dunhuang
Ancient City of Dunhuang Movie Set was originally designed for the setting of the historical film Dunhuang in 1987. Nowadays, it is the biggest set for shooting movies in northwest China.
Dunhuang Museum reflects the flourishing social development and cultural exchange between China and the West when this city was a major stop along the Silk Road.
Western Thousand-Buddhas Cave , situated 35 kilometers southwest of the city, on a cliff north of Danghe River, won its name due to its location in the western part of Mogao Caves. Most of the sixteen caves were excavated during the North Wei Dynasty (386-543). Approximately seven of the caves can not be reached, but tourists can observe them from a distance.
White Horse Pagoda established in 386, is two kilometers (about 1.2 miles) from the downtown area. It's the burial place of Kumarajiva, a master specializing in Buddhist Dharma's white horse.
Dunhuang Folk-Custom Museum is located inside Crescent Lake's scenic spot. Constructed in the traditional local architectural style, it presents the folk-customs of western China, including religion, everyday life, wedding custom, needlework, etc.
Yardang National Geopark has unique landscape formed by aeolian erosion. It is composed of various sculptures, and one may find numerous well known architectures here. It is situated 75 kilometers (about 46.6 miles) west of the Yumen Pass, taking approximately three hours to reach by taxi. Because of the eeriness of the sound of the wind blowing at night, the locals refer to it as Ghost Town. While traveling on this line, tourists should prepare enough food and water and bring along a hat and sunglasses. Cameras should also be protected from the strong sandstorms.
I am travelling alone hence I want to avoid renting taxi.
We are scheduled reach DunHuang around 10am by train from Lanzhou, pls advise whether we have enough time to go to Yadan & yumenguan at the same day? If yes what is the faster transport mode to reach there?