Dunhuang is a relatively small city in northern Dunhuang, located in an oasis of the Gobi desert at the historic junction of the northern and southern Silk Roads. It was made a prefecture in 117 BC by emperor Han Wudi and was a major point of interchange between China and the outside world during the Han and Tang dynasties.
Dunhuang is a surprisingly clean city with almost clean blue skies (a rarity in China) and a relatively highly developed city centre. Tourism plays a major role in Dunhaung's economy and the city has a good tourist infrastructure with many hotels. Tourist attractions include the dunes of the Gobi desert and the Mogao caves with murals painted on the walls.
Downtown Dunhuang photo gallery  - 25 pictures of Downtown Dunhuang
Cotton plantation photo gallery  - 16 pictures of Cotton plantation
Gobi desert photo gallery  - 20 pictures of Gobi desert
Gobi desert at sunset photo gallery  - 10 pictures of Gobi desert at sunset
25 photos of the clean and developed centre of Dunhuang, with shops, hotels and a pedestrian area
16 photos of cotton plantations near Dunhuang
20 photos of the scenic Mingsha Shan sand dunes of the Gobi desert
10 photos of the Gobi desert at sunset
Gallery with all images
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