Dunhuang Tours

Dunhuang was called “Shazhou” in ancient times (Shazhou means “Land of Sand ”). It’s located at the western end of Hexi Corridor, which is a strategic city on the Silk Road.


On 1st BC, The envoys of Han empire were sent to the Western Region (vast area to the west of Dunhuang) for diplomatic missions. They went all the way from Xian to Dunhuang and either took the north route through “Yumen Pass”, or took the south route through “Yang Pass” to the kingdoms in the western region.Since then Dunhuang became an important transportation hub and trading center connecting eastern and western world. In the mean time the cultures from central China, Mid Asia, Western Asia as well as Buddhism, Christianism, Nestorianism …


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4 Days Dunhuang Art In-depth Tour

Dunhuang was at the hub of cultural exchanges between China and the West along the "Silk Road", the ...

Price : From *** USD

Dunhuang Classic Day Tour

Dunhuang used to be an important city along the ancient Silk Road, which directly led to the Western ...

Price : From 150 USD

3 Days Dunhuang Classical Bike Tour

Bike tour is a great way to explore the natural beauty of Dunhuang. Our tour is spent riding along t ...

Price : From 249 USD

2 Days Dunhuang Desert Camping Tour

This tour can give you more special experience outside the popular tourist attractions. You will hav ...

Price : From 185 USD

5 Days Dunhuang Desert Hiking Tour

This tour designed for people who love Outdoor sport, would like to explore the desert near Dunhuan ...

Price : From 499 USD

4 Days Dunhuang-Jiayuguan EssenceTour

This tour will include the highlights in Dunhuang and Jiayuguan, is especially designed for the visi ...

Price : From 399 USD

4 Days Dunhuang Explore Tour

What is the charm of Dunhuang? This tour will give you an answer! You can not only visit the Mogao G ...

Price : From 359 USD

3 Days Dunhuang Elite Tour

This tour designed for visitors who only have time to stay one night in Dunhuang. During the time, y ...

Price : From 239 USD

4 Days Dunhuang Highlight Tour

This tour designed especially for visitors who have strong interest in art and Buddhism. You can not ...

Price : From 359 USD

Dunhuang Airport

Dunhuang airport is 13km from the city. It was built in 1982 and expanded in 2009. Now it has flight to Beijing, Shanghai, Dalian, Xian, Chengdu, Lanzhou, Urumqi, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Qingdao, Guangzhou …
Airport Shuttle Bus to the city : ¥30
Contact number: 0937-8866133, 400-730-0022

Dunhuang Train Station

Dunhuang Train Station is located 10km from the city, which was built in 2006. There are several trains leave for other important cities each day. K369 Dunhuang – Xian (09:30-09:27), K9667 Dunhuang – Lanzhou (19:02-10:03), Y669 Dunhuang – Lanzhou (20:10-07:23). The trains terminate in Dunhuang are K367 Xian – Dunhuang (10:03-09:21), K9667 Lanzhou – Dunhuang (17:17-08:14), Y667 Lanzhou – Dunhuang (18:01-06:37)
If you are from other cities you probably need to take train to Liuyuan (a small town 120 km from Dunhuang) and then take a bus to Dunhuang.

The Climate of Dunhuang

Dunhuang has a temperate arid climate, which is dry and arid all year long. The average annual rainfall in the area is only 39.9mm, but the evaporation is 2486 mm. The weather change dramatically with the four seasons. Spring in Dunhung is usually windy and sometimes has strong sandstorm. Summer is hot and dry. Autumn is best of the year, the air is cool and comfortable. Winter can be freezing cold with little snow. The annual average temperature is 9.4 ℃, the highest monthly average temperature is 24.9 ℃ in July, the monthly average minimum temperature is -9.3 ℃ in January.

Dunhuang Sun rise / Sunset time in 2016

Month Sun rise Sunset Sunset
Jan/Feb 09:02 18:39 08:35 19:16
Mar/Apr 07:53 19:49 07:02 20:20
May/Jun 06:26 20:50 06:11 21:13
Jul/Aug 06:25 21:10 06:53 20:38
Sep/Oct 07:23 19:50 07:52 19:02
Nov/Dec 08:27 18:24 08:57 18:16

  Local Cuisines in Dunhuang

Dunhuang belongs to arid desert climate. which is close to Qilian Mountain, the Dang river, Daquan river and Shule river originated from Qilian Mountain all run to Dunhuang and supplied with it abundant underground water.

Dunhuang is a typical oasis agricultural area. It has developed agriculture and animal husbandry, where once inhabited by multi-ethnic people whose diet custom was more or less left behind.

Dunhuang food revolves around wheat flour noodles as the main staple of the local diet. Noodles are served with lamb, chicken, or beef. On the other hand, Dunhuang Rang Pizi has long been one of the most popular dishes in the city. These noodles are actually made from pea flour and are clear, white, cool and slippery. The noodles are seasoned with hot peppers for a cool, yet spicy feel that is just perfect for desert weather


Dunhuang Yellow Hand-pulled Noodle

Some say that from a distance, Dunhuang yellow noodles (Huangmian) resemble threads of gold. While this is somewhat of an exaggeration, these noodles are by no means simple to make. Only the expert chef can properly pull the heavy dough into noodles. The fine thread-like noodles are then boiled in water until they float. However, the noodles are typically eaten cold or at room temperature. Yellow noodles are often eaten with other dishes as a staple (like rice in other parts of China).

On certain murals and frescoes in the Mogao Grottoes, there are vivid portrayals of people making yellow noodles. They're convincing proofs of the long history and popularity of Dunhuang Yellow Noodles.


Cold Noodle - Niang Pi Zi

Dunhuang Cold Noodle is the most representative snack is Dunhuang, and it is really a must-have along your Dunhuang travel. Dunhuang cold noodle is featured with its unique making method and special local flavor. Served with other seasons like vinegar, salt, garlic, sesame oil, cucumber and chili oil, the cold noodle tastes much more delicious.


Mutton Soup

Mutton soup is traditional local food in Dunhuang. Usually plump and sturdy local wethers were slaughtered and cut into large pieces. Then cook in pot with water. When the water boils clean the froth on the surface and put some salt in. when the meat is ready take it out and cut meat off from bones. Then put bones back pot to cook soup. When eating, add some water in the soup and put ginger, pepper, cinnamon, chili, salt, turnip and potato noodles in. meat were sliced into thin pieces and put in the bowl, then scoop boiling soup into the bowl and add green onions and coriander. The mutton soup is good in color, flavor and taste, it’s also nutritious. In cold winter, a bowl of mutton soup will help to dispelling cold.

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Dunhuang Celebration

"Dunhuang Celebration" focus on a legendary love story. Besides utilizing the scene of Singing Dunes, Crescent lake in the desert and glorious buildings from Han and Tang Dynasties in Dunhuang Villa, the show uses a series of frontier degree rotating seats, the new use of wall show, the naked eye 3D, holographic imaging and so on. The show is like a tunnel of time and space that brings the audience back to 2000 years ago to fully experience historical and cultural features of Dunhuang, an important town along the Silk Road. The performances are magnificent, majestic and fascinating...Read More

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Silk Road flower rain

"Silk Road flower rain" is a large Chinese national dance drama created in 1979 by the Gansu Song and Dance Theater, which was based on the murals in Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes and derived from the essence of Chinese folk dance. It has initiated a new route for Chinese folk dance. The performance was praised by media as “alive Dunhuang murals and treat of beautifulness”. In the following years the performance was on stage throughout China and received unprecedented popularity. It was also staged in HongKang, North Korea, Japan, Italy, Thailand, France, etc and was deemed as a brilliant work of oriental art and classic folk dance of China in 20th century.

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