Dunhuang Photo Gallery and Information Page

Tours Featuring Dunhuang:
Silk Road 16-Day Tour (CIT007):
Ürümqi – Turpan – Dunhuang –
Jiayuguan – Lanzhou – Xining – Xi’an

Map of China showing the location of Dunhuang
Dunhuang is a desert city located at a crossroads on the Silk Road. Dunhuang is most famous for Crescent Moon Spring and the Mogao Caves (or Mogao Grottoes), an ancient complex of grottoes filled with Buddhist murals and statues.

BASIC FACTS:
Chinese Name: 敦煌 (pinyin: Dūnhuáng)
Population (2000): 187,578
Province: Gansu
Weather: Arid throughout the year; hot summers and cold winters, with sharp differences in temperature between day and night

Dunhuang Photos

The photos below show some of the sights and attractions that you will see on our tours that include Dunhuang. Please refer to individual itineraries for specific information about the attractions featured on each tour.

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The oasis at Crescent Moon Spring near Dunhuang (敦煌), China Crescent Moon Spring and Singing Sand Mountain (Mingshashan) near Dunhuang (敦煌), China Smoothly contoured sand dunes under a blue sky near Dunhuang (敦煌), China
The eternal oasis at Crescent Moon Spring
(photo by “Fever Z“)
Another view of Crescent Moon Spring, with Singing
Sand Mountain (Mingshashan) in the background

(photo by Sigismund von Dobschütz)
Sculpted sand dunes near Dunhuang
(photo by Maria Ly)
Tourists ride camels across the sand at Singing Sand Mountain near Dunhuang (敦煌), China The ruins of an ancient watchtower near Dunhuang (敦煌), China, with Singing Sand Mountain in the background Grotto openings on a cliff face at the Mogao Caves near Dunhuang (敦煌), China
Tourists ride camels at Singing Sand Mountain
(photo by “Fever Z“)
The ruins of an ancient watchtower, with
Singing Sand Mountain in the background

(photo by “The Real Bear“)
Grotto openings at the Mogao Caves
(photo by Maria Ly)
The entrance to the Great Buddha Cave at the Mogao Caves near Dunhuang (敦煌), China A mural painting depicting seated Bodhisattvas in the Mogao Caves near Dunhuang (敦煌), China A weathered mural at the Mogao Caves near Dunhuang (敦煌), China The head and shoulders of a Buddhist statue at the Mogao Caves near Dunhuang (敦煌), China
Great Buddha Cave
entrance
(photo by
Dave and Melody)
A Mogao Caves mural depicting
sitting Bodhisattvas

(photo from Wikimedia and Chez Cåsver)
A weathered mural at the Mogao Caves
(photo by Dave and Melody)
A Mogao statue
(photo by Chez Cåsver)
A mural painting depicting Buddhist worshippers in the Mogao Caves near Dunhuang (敦煌), China A mural painting depicting flying apsaras in the Mogao Caves near Dunhuang (敦煌), China A mural painting in the Mogao Caves near Dunhuang (敦煌), China, depicting Mount Wutai Buddhist monasteries Detail of a silk painting from the Mogao Caves near Dunhuang (敦煌), China, depicting a scene with Sakyamuni
A Mogao mural depicting
Buddhist worshippers
A mural depicting flying apsaras A mural depicting Buddhist
monasteries on Mount Wutai
Detail of a silk painting
depicting Sakyamuni
(public domain photos from Wikimedia)

Tours Featuring Dunhuang:

Open the information page for our Silk Road 16-Day Tour (CIT007)
Silk Road 16-Day Tour (CIT007)
Ürümqi – Turpan – Dunhuang – Jiayuguan –
Lanzhou – Xining – Xi’an

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