Dunhuang, China

Dunhuang is an oasis city in western China on the northern silk route and is near where Buddhism entered China from India. It is at the western end of the Great Wall. Nearby are the Mogao Caves, dug by Buddhist monks and other worshippers over a span of 1000 years from about 400 to 1400 CE. Due to the dry climate and the fact that the caves were "lost" from 1400 to about 1900, the beautifully painted walls and carvings are very well preserved. Unfortunately, photography is not permitted, so there are no photos here. These photos are of Singing Sand Mountain (Mingsha Shan), a collection of massive sand dunes where one can ride camels and walk the dunes.