If you are following the Silk Road and wish to follow the ethnic and cultural vibes of this route, Dunhuang needs to be part of your travel itinerary. This is an oasis town that lies amidst the Gobi Desert. On the ancient Silk Road this town was a major destination in the old trading days and even today it lies at the crossroads where the southern part of the route meets with the road coming from India after going through Mongolia, Lhasa and southern Siberia.
Dunhuang is called an oasis because it contains the Crescent Lake as well as the Mingsha Shan mountains, also known as the Singing sand mountains. It is a treasure trove, especially because of the Mogao Caves that lie here, being a treasure trove that history lovers would like to witness. It houses several relics and countless murals. It is even possible to get an extensive tour of the caves with the management people or by scholars who delve into Buddhist art as by my experience. These experts provide tales of ancient history of roaming pilgrims and monks who inhabited the caves.
Most people come here to witness the stunning landscape that is Qinghai Lake. It is an endless and serene water body that reflects a pure, blue sky along with green grass surrounding the same and sea of flowers. Visiting this lake body is the highlight of this region.
I would also recommend visiting the different monasteries in Qinghai as well as Buddhism events that can be witnessed in places like the Taer Monastery or the Wutun temple. One can witness different Buddhism events here as well as yak racing, Hua Er Hui and other events.
When you are here you will enjoy riding through the towering dunes across the Gobi desert. Watching the sun set over the Crescent Moon Lake and the landscape sprawled across the region are some of the experiences to be had when you are in Dunhuang. Here at the Dunhuang Academy one finds about two thousand statues or more which represent the Qing dynasty which is in a process of renovation.