Dunhuang, about 300 miles southeast of Urumqi. It’s known primarily for the shifting sand dunes, and the Mogao Caves, a fantastic set of carved sandstone caves with elaborate paintings, murals, frescoes, bas-relief, statues, and other artwork dating between the 4th and 14th centuries A.D.
I also stopped by a silk rug-making factory, where the travelingtiger found some tiger-rug cousins.
Dunhuang, a small city in the Gansu province of China, is located about 300 miles southeast of Urumqi, and is known primarily for its sand dunes (one of the biggest “drifting sands” deserts in China) and for the Mogao caves. I unfortunately wasn’t able to take photos at the Mogao Caves, which are full of fantastically glorious, extremely well-preserved Buddhist frescoes, murals, bas-relief, paintings, and statues placed in “caves” (really rooms carved out of sandstone) over a period of roughly 1000 years, paid for by caravans seeking blessings before setting out on the dangerous Silk Road.
However, I did manage to take photos of the dunes, including some great shots of camels, and some photos from the local market. I also got photos of the rugmaking process, and the little travelingtiger found some silk cousins and insisted on a photo…