20 Cultural and Tourism Projects to Promote Revival of Dunhuang Culture

23/04/2014
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Dunhuang City International Cultural Tourism Development Plan publicly released on April 11, 2014. China’s Gansu Province will promote 20 major cultural and tourism projects to protect Dunhuang as cultural and natural heritage.

The projects also include expansion of the airport, building new highway and an oasis art park. 7 Silk Road tourist towns to be built will be the part of the projects. The revival of Dunhuang culture will be the center of the project, to create “cultural temple, human Dunhuang”.

Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes

Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes

The desert city of Dunhuang is located in northwest China’s Gansu Province. It is known as a crucial trading center along the ancient Silk Road ( Read our Silk Road tours ) and a home to grottoes containing Buddhist sculptures and murals. The famous sites include Mogao Grottoes, Crescent Lake, and Echoing-Sand Dune. Among them, Mogao Grottoes has been put on the list of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.

Mogao Grottoes

Mogao Grottoes, also Mogao Caves, are commonly known as the Caves of Thousand Buddhas. In the caves, you can see clay statues in front of the cave walls, relief murals as backdrops and sidewalls and ceilings with art decors. The largest statue is 34.5 meters high and the smallest a mere 2 centimeters high.

Admission Fee: ¥160 ( May 1 to Oct. 31 ); ¥80 ( Nov.1 to Apr. 30 )
Opening Time: 08:30 – 18:00 ( May 1 to Oct. 31 ); 09:00 – 17:00 ( Nov.1 to Apr. 30 )

Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes

Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes

Crescent Lake and Echoing-Sand Dune

Crescent Lake is located about 6km south of Dunhuang city and surrounded by the Echoing-Sand Mountain. Here, you can enjoy not only the rare view where an oasis meets the desert, but also some fun sand adventures, such as camels riding, sand sliding and dun surfing.

Admission Fee: ¥120 ( including Echoing-Sand Dune )
Opening Time: 06:00 – 17:50

Dunhuang Crescent Lake

Dunhuang Crescent Lake

Dunhuang Crescent Lake

Dunhuang Crescent Lake

Dunhuang Echoing Sand Dune

Dunhuang Echoing Sand Dune