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Points of Interest & Landmarks in Dunhuang

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  • Gary, Australia
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    I visited the Shazhou Night Market, Yangguan Middle Road, Dunhuang on the last night of 2020. The Market has two entrances on this road as well as exits to other streets. It was minus 15 centigrade and unsurprisingly, most of the stalls were closed. However, I can imagine it would be a bustling scene in warmer seasons.

    I had a meal in a traditional 2-table café and for 100RMB had a delicious fare of roast mutton on skewers, donkey meat and vegetable-filled pastries (apologies to vegetarians and donkey breeders), broccoli in garlic and chili sauce, steamed rice and warm sweet tea. There were 10 food stalls open and all the food looked delicious.

    I ate what seemed like a quarter of a sheep on another occasion.

    Some gift shops were open and a few had better quality wooden sculptures … especially of the various representations of Guanyin, and loads of jewellery made of semi-precious stone. And of course camel ornaments.

    Even if it was cold, it was a great place to eat and browse after sunset.
    Written January 1, 2021
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  • Andrew M
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    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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  • Andrew M
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    The Baimata Bridge is one of the most popular spots for locals in Dunhuang. It is easily reached by taking Bus # 3 to Mingshan Road, and walking in a westerly direction on Yueying Road, until the bridge comes into view. There are a pair of tall decorative towers at each end of the bridge. At the west end, there are reliefs on the towers. the first is of a general riding a horse and holding his sword in hand, three soldiers look on. The second is of monks praying with a temple and pagoda in the background. On the East side of the bridge, there are also two reliefs. the first shows three soldiers on horseback and the second shows a monk with staff in hand, with a temple and horse in the background.

    On the eastern side of the bridge, there is a walkway below the bridge, where locals were exercising. On the wall of the walkway, was a relief of Kumārajīva leading his white horse. We thought that this was appropriate, as the bridge was named after the nearby Baima Tower. The views from the bridge and the Pipa sculptures were also impressive. The southern view from the bridge, showed the Danghe River with huge mountains of sand (Mingsha Shan) in the background. The northern view was also impressive, as it showed the peaceful river and spotless environment surrounding it. We got great photos here.

    If you continue walking north along the river bank until 215 Highway is reached, there is a beautiful river park, where you can sit and watch the river activities. If you enjoy sculptures and great scenery, this is a must visit. The best times are at sunrise or sunset.
    Written August 25, 2019
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  • iamface
    East Sussex, UK1,341 contributions
    no special street and the stuff also not attractive, just take a strolling during night time. one of interesting was so busy & bright but actually it located in desert
    Written May 26, 2017
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  • Andrew M
    7,160 contributions
    The Dunhuang Mosque is best approached by walking south through the Shazhou Market area. The four barrelled minarets with golden tops will be seen from a distance. It is difficult to get a good photo of the complete building, as the nearby streets are narrow and you can not get far away. The first three sections of the minarets were brown tiled, The final section was light blue, and had window shapes. The top was golden with a crescent shape.

    There seemed to be at least two large white domes and a few smaller domes near to the edge of the building. We didn't go inside the mosque. We had read that the mosque was initially built in the Ming Dynasty era and extensively repaired in 1917. We found this difficult to believe, as the entire building seemed to have been a recent construction. On the sidewalk, there was a tile showing the Su Gong minaret in Turpan, which we had visited the previous day. If you are interested in mosques or architecture, I would encourage you to visit here.

    The East main canal is a short walk east of the mosque, and is a picturesque area. We walked north along the canal after visiting the mosque. The Playing Pipa statue is a short walk north west of the mosque.
    Written August 25, 2019
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