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Dunhuang

Trip Planner Asia  /  China  /  Gansu  /  Dunhuang
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Things to do: historic sites, nature, sightseeing
Once a vital stop-off on the Silk Road trade route, Dunhuang today offers travelers of all persuasions a place to rest in the middle of the desert. Centering around an atmospheric market, the town center has a modern yet homely feel to it, with tree-lined boulevards, a wealth of cafes, and a number of places to stay. The dunes and desert landscape that surround can be explored on visits to Dunhuang, while a number of ancient cave temples and fortifications can be found hidden amid the vast expanse of sand and rocks, showcasing the artistry and devotion of those who passed through here long ago. Take a look at our China vacation planner to refine the details of your trip to Dunhuang.
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An oasis in the desert, Dunhuang has a history of providing a place to stay for its weary travelers. Take a look across the city center for some fairly grand hotels, a few more ordinary ones, a couple of stylish boutiques, and a number of hostels and guesthouses, providing budget-friendly simplicity. Riverside locations have particularly attractive views, while accommodations towards the city's outskirts give the feeling of being right out there in the desert, with sandbanks on all sides.
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