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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The caves here are among 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 seven or eight of the best caves.View details