The Dunhuang day tour makes your trip to Duhuang a breeze with a visit to the highlights of the Silk Road including Mogao Grottoes, the Singing Sand Dunes and Crescent Moon Spring.
What to Expect
At 8:30, your guide will pick you up from the lobby of your Dunhuang hotel and transfer you to the Visitor Center at Mogao Grottoes, an UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site, where you will watch two documentaries about the caves and the Silk Road. Afterwards, a professional cave guide will lead you to explore 7 to 9 of the caves closely. You will be astonished by the well-preserved frescoes and statues in the caves from the 4th century.
The caves were built by monks with donated funds and elaborately painted to serve as shrines and for meditation and enlightenment. Those paintings are also teaching tools to inform those illiterate about Buddhist beliefs and stories. The primary caves were sponsored by patrons of important clergies, local ruling elites, foreign dignitaries, and Chinese emperors. Some of the caves might have been funded by merchants, military officers, and local residents.
At 15:30, you will be transferred to the Singing Sand Dunes and Crescent Moon Spring. This magical spring is a crescent-shaped oasis in the Gobi Desert that is slowing shrinking due to climate change. After the lake visit, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Dunhuang where this wonderful private day trip concludes.
- Local guide
- Entrance fees
- Private vehicle