We had only 2 full days in Dunhuang but made it all work easily. We rented a car and driver from the Silk Road Hotel (1500 RMB for the weekend or about $230USD), and on one day they took us out to Yadan National Park.
The drive through desert is often boring (about 2.5 hours), but there are stretches of beautiful mountain scenery.
Once you get to the Park, you must get onto a tour bus (it seems private cars not allowed in the park itself), which takes you and 30 other Chinese tourists to 5 stops within the park at 10 minute intervals, with a final 1 hour interval for exploring. WEAR SNEAKERS! The gravel does not work well in flip flops.
The restaurant at the entrance to the park isn't bad either- although quite self service and no English menu. Also, this is China...don't forget your own soap/Purell and tissues!
Amazing scenery and definitely worth it.
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