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Dunhuang Private Day Tour Mogao Grottoes, Singing Dunes and Crescent Moon Spring

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    Stop At: Mogao Caves, West of Hexi Zoulang, Dunhuang 736200 China

    At 8:00am, your guide will pick you up from the lobby of your Dunhuang hotel and transfer you to Visitors' Center of Mogao Grottoes, an UNESCO listed World Heritage Site, where you will watch two documentaries about the caves and Silk Road. Then, a professional cave guide will lead you to explore about 7 to 9 caves closely. You will be astonished by well-preserved fresco 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 a 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. 
    *Note: Your visit to the Mogao Caves might be changed to the afternoon due to daily availability of the attraction. In this case, you will visit the Singing Sand Dunes and Crescent Moon Spring in the morning.

    Duration: 4 hours

    Stop At: Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain, Three miles from Dunhuang, Dunhuang 831900 China

    This afternoon, you will be transferred to see Singing Sand Dunes and Crescent Moon Spring. It is also called whistling sand or barking sand that produces sound which is perhaps caused by wind passing over dunes or by walking on the sand.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Crescent Moon Pool, 5km South of Dunhuang, Dunhuang 736200 China

    This magical spring is located in the center of sand dunes but it has never been covered by the sand throughout the history. Crescent Moon Spring is a crescent-shaped lake oasis in Gobi Desert that is slowing shrinking due to climate change. 

    Duration: 1 hour

    Pass By: Silk Road Trips, No.6 Eastern Ring Road Suite 2043, Dunhuang 736200 China

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    We also pick you up from your centrally located Dunhuang hotel.


    • Dunhuang Airport, Dunhuang China
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Return Details
    Your centrally located hotel in Dunhuang
    • Private tour
    • Local guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Transport by private vehicle
    • Lunch
    • Bottled water
    • Entry/Admission - Mogao Caves
    • Entry/Admission - Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain
    • Entry/Admission - Crescent Moon Pool
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Please wear comfortable shoes
    • Passport name and number is required at time of booking for all participants for Travel Insurance
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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    The Mogao Grottoes with 2 movies and a great tour guide at the grottoes made the trip very worthwhile. The history and seeing all 8 Grottoes with an English guide was amazing. The singing dunes are great for a hike in the sand and the history of the area was very informative.
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    Response from China s, General Manager at Dunhuang Private Day Tour Mogao Grottoes, Singing Dunes and Crescent Moon Spring
    Responded 10 Jun 2019
    We are happy to know you like Dunhuang.
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    The refurbishment made the caves look very modern and well touched-up. Crowd control is an issue. Book ticket well in advance online, and you see no more than 5-6 caves.
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    Response from yanbin20022002, Owner at Dunhuang Private Day Tour Mogao Grottoes, Singing Dunes and Crescent Moon Spring
    Responded 31 Aug 2018
    Dear Alfred, thanks for traveling with us. Dunhuang is very busy for July and August, I suggest you to visit Mogao Caves during the rest of the year to get better experience next time. Mogao Caves are original that were built 1500 years ago with wonderful frescos and paintings to display the history and religions on the Silk Road, and tourists can visit 4-7 regular caves depending on the arrangements of the Cave.
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    • Hotel Pickup
    • Languages Offered: English
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