Duhuang Ancient City Ruins

Duhuang Ancient City Ruins, Dunhuang

Duhuang Ancient City Ruins
3.5
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • Points of Interest & Landmarks
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3.5
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Andrew M
7,144 contributions
Small protected ruins site
Jul 2019
The Shazou ancient city ruins are officially known as the "Dunhuang Ancient City Ruins". In this section, I realise that it has been confused with the "movie" village. The ruins are located at the intersection of the G215 (215 National Road) and Gucheng Road. It is a small area that is protected by a perimeter fence, but the ruins are slowly eroding and there is not much to see. There are four storyboards placed around the site that provide information on the ancient city. The topics of the storyboard included Ink pond, Confucianism, 6th century succession Battle in Shazou and how Shazou received its' name.

The Shazou Region dates back to the 2nd Century, and was made up of Dunhuang, Goachang and Jinchang. In 564, the Zhou Dynasty renamed the city Shazou, and Dunhuang was renamed Mingsha. We were disappointed that more care was not taken to preserve the earthen city, and there were many construction activities taking place nearby. For further information on the ancient city, I would suggest that you visit the city museum. We walked here from the city center in 20 minutes and passed the River park and Pipa statue along the way. If you continue south on Gucheng Road, a left at the first intersection will lead you to the White Horse Tower.
Written August 25, 2019
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Bandoeagle
Taipei, Taiwan121 contributions
Disappointing Movie Set
Oct 2017 • Couples
This is basically a movie set repurposed as a tourist attraction. We came in off season and very disappointed to invest rmb 40 in the ticket. There were no activities, no explanations (we read Chinese) no people in period costume.
Written October 17, 2017
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ArtyGr
Leiden, The Netherlands613 contributions
A pleasant hour ot two
Sep 2017 • Family
I had not intended to visit but the 'old city'was in my free guide in the hotel so I thought I'd visit the old town. I pointed to the picture and the taxi took me right there....BUT it is not the 'old city' - it is a film set! The old houses are from five different regions in China and it is here that the 19th and 20th century soaps are filmed!! Once I got over my disappointment, it proved great fun..but not for too long.
Written October 2, 2017
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Samsz42
Melbourne, Australia73 contributions
May interesting to some... but not me.
Jul 2017 • Solo
I didn't really want to visit this site as I had read it's just a vague recreation of what the "Old City" may have been like. It's very chintzy but hey, if you like that sort of thing then go for it.
My real aim was to go to the Yadan pass but found it very difficult to find away other than join an organised tour that also took in several sights along the way.
This was the first stop & cost an additional 40Y to enter & in restrospect I could have chilled next to the bus & saved some cash.
Written July 24, 2017
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SingaporeGirl
Singapore, Singapore520 contributions
Reconstructed tourism
Mar 2016
Gives you a good idea of what 'would have been' -- an 'extra' after you've visited the caves and city museum. Personally, I'd spend more time in the new Dunhuang Mogao Caves museum with its replica caves really reading and studying the exhibitions; the time would be better spent.
Written January 21, 2017
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Vlady C
Los Angeles, California75 contributions
A must visit after a long day at the caves
Oct 2016 • Solo
One feels like traveling back in time visiting the old city and its market. No matter how tired I was, it was worth the effort
Written November 17, 2016
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MarkMcG1956
Singapore, Singapore280 contributions
Hmmh
Jun 2016 • Couples
A bit disappointing. An old (replica) town, which is a bit cheesy in places (the prison with decapitated bodies strung up on crosses, an old (tv prop?) airplane that was going nowhere) and tired, but I suppose it does give you a feel for life in the good old days.

We stayed no more than half an hour.
Written June 22, 2016
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OVERLANDDIARIES
Mykonos, Greece66 contributions
Dunhuang oasis for Silk Road travelers.
Mar 2015 • Couples
The fertile Dunhuang oasis has long been a refuge for Silk Road travelers. Most visitors stay long enough just to visit the forts, towers and magnificent cave temples that are now scattered over the surrounding area.
Written June 10, 2015
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Gary N
Yangshuo County, China12 contributions
Don't waste your money
Aug 2013 • Couples
A third rate recreation devoid of any character or charm. Hot & dusty. The only saving grace was the wall surrounding the "old" city. It was the only thing that was remotely impressive. Definitely not worth the admission price of 40 yuan.
Written August 4, 2013
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DocBrown55
Auckland, New Zealand98 contributions
An old tired TV set that rips you off
Jun 2011
This is a replica of an old-time village that was built as a tv film set many years ago. Everything is fake and has an abandoned long ago feeling. There never was a village here. Just tell your driver to skip it or just don't go in--sit in the shade. It is a waste of 40RMB.
Written June 13, 2011
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