Dunhuang Travel Guide

Dunhuang Travel Guide

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Situated near the common boundary of Gansu, Qinghai and Xinjiang, the historical city Dunhuang is a renowned tourist destination, famous for the Mogao Caves. The landform of this area is a declining basin-plain from west to northeast, high in the north and south, and low in the middle, with Mt. Qilian in the south, Mt. Mazong in the north and desert from east to west.

In ancient times, Dunhuang was the trade center between China and its western neighbors. At that time, it was the most westerly frontier military garrison in China. With the flourishing of trade along the Silk Road, it was prompted to become the most open area in international trade in ancient Chinese history. It provided the only access westward for the Chinese Empire and eastward for western nationalities. Today, as a reminder of this historical area, we are left with the Mogao Caves, Yangguan Pass, Yumenguan Pass and many wonderful Chinese poems depicting the time. As a city in desert, sandstorm usually happens, so prepare glasses, hats and gauze kerchiefs to protect you. The best visiting time is from May to September.
Dunhuang Downtown
Flight is the most direct method from some major Chinese cities to Dunhuang. Trains are available from Xi'an, Lanzhou and Jiayuguan. In addition, long-distance buses extend to Jiayuguan, Lanzhou, Kumul, Urumqi, Turpan and Xining. There are buses from downtown to nearby attractions or one can hire a car for traveling around.
Dunhuang Food
Close to Xinjiang, food in Dunhuang combines features of both Xinjiang cuisine and Lanzhou food. Mutton is very popular local food. Flour foods such as minced noodles are delicious. Those who want spicy food can eat Ma La Tang (a kind of hotpot) in restaurants along streets. Small but authentic restaurants are very easy to find such as the Daji Lvrou Huangmian Restaurant famous for Yellow Noodles with Donkey Meat. In addition, Shazhou Night Market is a must for tasting local snacks.

Local Souvenirs
Without large shopping malls, Shazhou Market and Feitian Market sell various souvenirs such as carpets, craftworks of camel imitations, and luminous cups. Visitors can go to Shazhou Market at night. There one can purchase souvenirs while enjoying tasty snacks.

Local Performance
Night here is usually used for a good rest, since there are a few cafes, bars or discos. If you want to make full use of the traveling time, Shazhou Market is highly recommended to go to pick up some souvenirs or eat some snacks. Or watching the Summer of Dunhuang is a nice option to learn more local culture.

With four thousand years' history, the city played a vital role in China's development. It used to be an important portal to central China from Middle Asia. Tang Dynasty (618 - 907) was its heyday.

Some fast facts and practical information are provided to facilitate your trip.
  • Area & Zip Code
  • Useful Numbers
  • Post Office
  • Activities
  • Banks
  • Hospitals

- Last modified on Jul. 27, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Dunhuang Travel
Asked by Fanny from CHINA | Jun. 19, 2019 20:46Reply
Could you please give me the website where I can book the ticket for Mogao?
Even if it's.in chinese, I will try to have a friend to book for me,
Answers (1)
Answered by Liam from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 20, 2019 00:57

I'm sorry but it is not allowed to post website here. You can search for Dunhuang Academy and you can find the booking link in its website.
Asked by Franca from NETHERLANDS | May. 02, 2019 07:45Reply
Can I book a driver to drive me from Dunhuang to Jiayuguan?
Me and my family would like to drive to Jiayuguan and visit Yulin grottes, the thousand Buddha caves and some other ruins. Where can I find a driver? at the end of the day I would like to stay in jiayuguan. Greetings,
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Answered by Tores from SPAIN | May. 06, 2019 01:30

You can use the ehi car service and the e-mail is customerehicar.com. Tel: 400-888-6608
Asked by Jerry from PHILIPPINES | Dec. 27, 2018 07:58Reply
How to get to Mogao Caves from Zhengzhou? Both by train & by plane?
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Answered by Nicholas from UNITED KINGDOM | Dec. 28, 2018 17:54

There is no direct train or plane between these two places. It is suggested to take a train from Zhengzhou Railway Station to Jiayuguan Railway Station first. Then transfer to a train to Dunhuang Railway Station. After arriving, take a taxi to the scenic area directly.
Asked by Jacklyn from USA | Nov. 06, 2018 06:01Reply
Please help me with the information on long distance bus from Lanzhou to Dunhuang.
- which bus station should i go? And how to get to that bus station from Airport as i will arrive on Air from the US?
- how much does it cost? And will there be option for sleeper bus? Thanks
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Answered by Jances from SINGAPORE | Nov. 07, 2018 01:54

You should go to Lanzhou Passenger Transport Center to take the bus. Do you mean the Lanzhou Zhongchuan International Airport? If yes, there is the direct airport shuttle bus Chengguan District Line. You can get off at Ruida Business Hotel and then walk about 7 minutes to Lanzhou Passenger Transport Center. The tikcet fare is CNY260 per person. It is not a sleeper bus but seated bus.
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