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Dunhuang, China

The city of Dunhuang has been a centre for Buddhist art and sculpture for over 1,500 years.

There is nowhere along the Silk Route quite like it, with cave frescoes that have withstood the test of time nestled between massive sand dunes and barren mountains. The splendid frescoes date back to the Tang dynasty and beyond, and have stood sentinel to the changing times ever since.

A visit here is richly rewarding, showing not only the extraordinary mix of cultures along the Silk Route but also the brilliance of the artists themselves.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Dunhuang

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Dunhuang, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Accommodation choices for Dunhuang

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Dunhuang. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel, Dunhuang

      Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel

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      Located on the edge of town, overlooking the dunes of the Gobi Desert, the Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel features a roof top cafe with panoramic views of the desert.

    Ideas for experiencing Dunhuang

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Dunhuang, and which use the best local guides.

    • Camel Owners, Dunhuang

      Mogao Caves

      Dunhuang

      The caves here are amongst the finest examples of Buddhist art in the world. There are 45,000 square feet of murals to savour, though the most rewarding visits take in around 7 or 8 of the best caves.