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Dunhuang -- Mogao Grottoes by Moon Shape Spring

Dunhuang is an ancient city in an endless desert locating in the northwest China, next to a moon-shaped spring.

 

It used to be an important gate on the Silk Road, also the battlefield of the Han Dynasty and the Huns (Xiongnu) in the history of China over 2,000 years ago.

 

Relics there, like the millennium border gates, are still standing in the middle of the desert now. 

 

Mogao Grottoes, the biggest Buddhism artistic palace, is located in this town as well.

 

It contains 492 grottoes, 450,000 square meters’ fresco, and 2415 painted sculptures, with great religious and aesthetic values.  

Besides the millennial moon-shaped spring in the desert, the Yardang Landform here is fantastic and mysterious.