Literary journeys for the discerning traveler
Splendors of the Silk Road: Dunhuang
By Alysa Pakkidis | 2/17/15
The dry desert air that blew over me as I arrived in Dunhuang was like an old friend welcoming me home. Even though it’s now a modern city, I felt at once as if I were truly on the Silk Road of ancient times. Seeing the dunes in the distance, I couldn't wait until day when I'd be venturing off on a sunrise camel ride.
The next morning, as my camel sauntered along led by its caretaker, I didn't mind one bit having time to leisurely gaze at the dunes. The vast expanse made my mind wander—what must have it have been like riding a camel for days or months at a time, traveling from one oasis town to the next?
Another grand highlight of Dunhuang was the enormous, breathtaking Mogoa Grottoes. Sitting on the cliff of the Soughing Sand Hill, the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas is a haven at a religious and cultural crossroads on the Silk Road. The statues and wall paintings are magnificent.
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Read more from the Splendors of the Silk Road blog series:
Splendors of the Silk Road: Xian
Splendors of the Silk Road: Kashgar
Splendors of the Silk Road: Krygyzstan
Splendors of the Silk Road: Uzbekistan
For more information on this journey, visit The Silk Road: A Journey Through Time or call a GeoEx destination specialist at 888-570-7108.