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Despite its small size in very big China, Dunhuang is a city of great importance. Historically, this oasis marked the beginning of Chinese civilisation to those coming across the Silk Road from Central Asia and Europe. These days, Dunhuang is alive with action and offers a real chance for tourists to experience the Chinese element of the Silk Road. Not too mention, Dunhuang renders the Gobi Desert very accessible. Dunhuang’s hostels are expanding, with a noticeable increase in quality. Travelers are quickly rediscovering the magic of Dunhuang, an essential destination in any pan-China or Gansu province trip!
Most visitors come to Dunhuang for two main sights. The first, the awe-inspiring Mogao Caves -- essentially, these caves are amongst the world’s greatest depositories of Buddhist artworks and manuscripts. Even those not artistically inclined can’t help but be wowed by the Mogao Caves. Guided tours are compulsory, so make sure to ask your Dunhuang hostel when the English (or French) guide is available, as times change regularly. Those with a deeper historical interest will be excited by the adjacent Dunhuang Research Centre, with a life-size reproduction of the Mogao Caves -- allowing for greater inspection and scrutiny of this site of cultural synthesis. As the Mogao Caves are twenty-five kilometers from Dunhuang, just ask your Dunhuang hostel for the closest bus stop with regular departures.
The next "big" site of Dunhuang is the Singing Sands Mountain and Crescent Moon Lake, both within the Gansu section of the Gobi Desert. Here, the desert dunes are accessible via camel trips. Should you want to spend an overnight in the desert, most Dunhuang hostels will be able to organise such a trip at short notice. The first rays of sun appearing over the gargantuan dunes has become an essential Dunhuang experience. For the more adventurous, some Dunhuang hostels can also arrange a longer multi-night trip to Liuyuan or Xinjiang province. Regardless of whether you spend an afternoon or an evening, a trip to the dunes by Dunhuang is not to be missed.
As seems to be the rule in most of China, Dunhuang hostels will fill up very quickly over summer (June to August) and particularly during Chinese holidays. If you’re traveling during this period, early recommendations are almost certainly required. However, for those braving the Dunhuang winter -- keep an eye out for Dunhuang hostels’ reduced prices.
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Charley Johng's Dune Guesthouse
"Attractive traditional house, located at Dunhuang country side which is just near the famous Dune desert. Our gusets can enjoy running & walk, hiking , see sunrise and sundown. You can also watch the star just at the hostel's garden or backyard at night. It is only 10 minutes away from downtown!" … "… bus (at You Hao Hotel) to terminal (last station) and then follow the sign , walk about 10 minutes to our hostel From...
New Dragon Gate Inn
"Charley Johng`s Hostel offers double rooms, private rooms, 6-Bed rooms and 8-Bed rooms. All our rooms have en-suite bathrooms, and some rooms are equiped with A/C and others have electric fans. We have a spacious and comfortable living area where you can meet up with other guests or relax with friends. Our hostel offers free WiFi. We also have a bar and an open air blacony from which you can enjoy the views over DunHuang City and the...
Sha Zhou Yi International Youth Hostel
"… up service from Dunhuang train station and airport.we can organize half day trip to MoGao Grottoes and daily trip to the Demon Castle—Yadan landform .we also can arrange Camel Trip & summer camping in desert . We have a large lounge area with comfy sofas and great atmosphere for socializing,It's decorated in simple modern style blended with Mogao culture. All together, it makes our hostel very characterful. We offer messages...
Zephyr International Youth Hostel
"… to do. Our knowledgeable staff can also give suggestions for your continuing journey out of Dun Huang City. For being a budget hostel, we do provide a drinking perks that you won’t find in many places located in the Dun Huang. We have many unique types of rooms available, Chinese old traditional room, jungle cabin, double, single, family, and dormitory beds. All rooms are clean, with a window and fan, except our ensuite, on...
Dun Huang Moli International Hostel
"Dun Huang Moli International Hostel is near Crescent Lake. We have traditional courtyard and big garden. Traditional the courtyard（siheyuan, a quadrangle with houses on the four sides),The sand house in the garden. In Dun Huang Moli International Hostel, there are several room types available for the customer to choose from, such as the double rooms, 6 bed female dorms and 8 bed male dorms. The glass house and big garden is our public...
DunHuang International Youth Hostel
"DunHuang International Youth Hostel open since Aug 2010, a new youth Hostel in DunHuang.located in the centre of Dunhuang. We offers Single,, Double, 4-Bed rooms. Each and every room has recently been remodeled to create a spacious, comfortable living environment for our guests. We have taken great care to furnish every room with the highest quality bedroom furniture and provide excellent bathrooms and showers." … "…...
The Silk Road Dun Huang Hotel
"… 是由香港西北拓展有限公司投资兴建的一家风格独特的四星级涉外旅游度假型宾馆，于1995年落成，位于闻名中外的敦煌著名风景区鸣沙山下。该处是丝路古道上最重要的咽喉腹地，领略丝路名胜景点的必经之处。山庄的建筑糅合了中华历史传统、当地环境和现代设备而定案，山庄的建筑群无论在设计及选料方面，均尊重古代庄院建筑，如汉唐风格的古典建筑、大屋顶及木质长廊，与晚唐及明清的古雅家私，主要以石、泥土建成的西北封闭式四合院和土墙，都充满传统和地方特色；而古色古香的外表则配备了现代先进的服务设施，完善的空调系统及通讯网络应有尽有，思古情怀及现代化生活享受，您可同时拥有。" … "… 距敦煌火车站14公里 距飞机场15公里" … Dunyue Road, Dun Huang City
Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel
"… an authentic historical lifestyle. Air-conditioning with individual temperature control Well-appointed bathroom IDD telephone Tea-making facilities Mini-bar Colour TV with remote control Satellite TV link Hair dryer Deluxe Rooms with View Deluxe Room with View provides you with a comfortable environment and gorgeous views of Gobi Desert that allow you to have a touch of desert experience....
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