Dunhuang Travel Tips

 Basic Facts
Area: 31,200 square kilometers (12,046.4 square miles)
Population: about 180,000
Area Code: 0937
Zip Code: 736200
Nationalities: Han, Hui, Mongolian, Tibet, Uygur, Miao, Man, Tujia, Kazakh, Dongxiang, Yugu

 Emergency Numbers and Useful numbers:
Fire: 119
Police: 110
Ambulance: 120
Red Cross Mogao Caves Aid Post: 0937-8869012
Red Cross Crescent Lake Aid Post: 0937-8825461
Tourist Complaint: 0937-8821303

 Chinese Cellular Phone Recharging Sites
China Mobile Site: No.1, Yuangguan Road (Middle); No. 13, North Street
China Unicom Sites: No. 16, Mingshan Road (near Dunhuang Restaurant);
No. 246, Yangguan West Road

Bank of China (Dunhuang Branch): Foreign exchange is available.
Address: 1/F, Zhongyuan Hotel, in Yangguan Road (Middle)

 Post office:
China Post Office
Address: No.1, Yangguan Road (Middle)

Tourists can easily find telephone booths on the main streets and historic sites.The stores, and stalls along the roads also have privately operated public telephones.

People's Hospital: 0937-8822137
Address: No.20, East Street
Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital: 0937-8822396
Address: No.6, Shazhou Road (South)

 Drug Store
Cirentang Drug Store
Address: 16, Dunhuang Road
Dunhuang Pharmacy Company
Address: 9, South Road of Shazhou County

Xinhua Bookstore
Address: Yangguan Road (East)

Almost all the star-rated hotels in Dunhuang provide network.

 Activities and Events:
Temple Fair on the eighth day of the Chinese lunar 4th Month
Location: The Mogao Grottoes and the Leiyin Temple (always participated by local people)
Skiing on the Sand Festival
Location: Echoing-Sand Mountain
The Summer of Dunhuang (artistic performance)
Location: Dunhuang Hotel

Every year on the 6th day of the Chinese lunar 6th month, local people will go to Echoing-Sand Mountain to have sun bath. It is said that the sand there is very pure without soil and dust, so it is very effective in treating Rheumatoid Arthritis. Patients go to the mountain with silkie soup as well as millet wine at noon and stay for three hours, with sand covering up to their waist and a parasol above their head. This “treatment” will last for seven days and patients find their conditions improved.

 Best Time for Visiting
May to October is the best time to visit Dunhuang if one is to avoid the crowd. It is the low season for travelers but it can be difficult to do shopping.  Catching a bus is not easy either although tickets are cheap during the low season. Travelers during this period must be better prepared with sun protection products such as sun cream and hats or caps.

- Last updated on Jun. 11, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Dunhuang Travel Tips
Asked by Alfred T Boey from CANADA | Jun. 11, 2018 04:42Reply
is The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel a good place to stay?
Answers (1)
Answered by William from IRELAND | Jun. 11, 2018 20:37

Yes, I think it’s almost the best hotel there.
Asked by Alfred Boey from CANADA | Jun. 11, 2018 04:41Reply
how often do the trains run between Xi'an and Dunhuang? how long does it take?
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Answered by Rose from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 11, 2018 20:35

Hey, only a pair of trains operate between the two cities and it departs in XA at 10:27, in DH at 9:12. It takes about 22 hours or 24 hours.
Asked by Sam from CANADA | Oct. 24, 2016 19:48Reply
Can anyone suggest hotels and accommodation in Dunhuang, I will be there in Nov. for 3days 2 night?
Answers (1)
Answered by Noah from CAPE VERDE | Oct. 24, 2016 22:34

First of all, what's the budget of your accommodation? Dunhuang Lidu International Grand Hotel is recommended. The price is around CNY 200 per night in usual time. The hotel provides clean environment and kind service. It's located at No.470, Mingshan Road, Shazhou Town.
Asked by Michelle from MALAYSIA | Mar. 05, 2016 04:08Reply
May I know the distance and hours it takes from Dunhuang to Jiayuguan?
Is public transportation available and reliable?
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Answered by Monica from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 05, 2016 21:49

It is around 360km/224mi. Public transportation is available and reliable of course. By train, it takes around 4.5h. By bus, many schedules are accessible from 08:00 to 18:30 every 30-50min, and it takes around 5h. Upon getting to Jiayuguan City, take city bus or taxi to the scenic area easily.
Asked by michelle from MALAYSIA | Mar. 05, 2016 00:09Reply
I have only two days and one night in dunhuang,
Can i visit jiayuguan on a day trip and base in DH? any recommendation, i am travelling back to xian after visit of jiayuguan.
Answers (1)
Answered by Tina from NEW ZEALAND | Mar. 05, 2016 03:19

Yes, one day is tight but possible. Actually, after visiting Jiayuguan, you can take a train there back to Xi'an. No need to go back to DH to take a train.
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