time 8 Hours
luggage 2-15 travellers
location Gansu
language English &

Dunhuang Silk Road Adventure Day Tour: Mogao Grottoes and Crescent Moon Spring

Tour Summary

Dunhuang is well known for its vital position on the old Silk Road. Enjoy this day trip which will take you to the Mogao Caves and Crescent Moon Spring. These historical remnants from the old time will make this tour an incredibly memorable trip and a flashback in time.

Tour itinerary

  • 8:30 am Tour starts
  • Mogao Caves
  • Traditional Chinese cuisine lunch
  • Crescent Spring and Echoing Sand Mountain
  • 4:30 pm Tour ends

Meet your guide at your hotel in Dunhuang city centre, who will then bring you to the Mogao Caves, also known as the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas. These caves form a system of 492 temples and are located about 25 kilometers southeast of Dunhuang city.

One of the most important caves at the complex is the ‘Library Cave”, which was discovered in 1900. The cave contained a large amount of important religious documents which had been sealed up in the cave in the 11th century. Post discovery, the contents of the cave were spread across Beijing, London, Paris and Berlin, to coordinate, collect and study the materials found. This cave is also open to visitors and draws large crowds.

Afterwards we will take you to a restaurant for a traditional Chinese cuisine lunch. Following lunch, the tour continues to the incredible Crescent Spring and Echoing Sand Mountain.

Crescent Spring is 100 meters long and 25 meters wide, deeper in the east than the west. The spring has been surrounded by desert for thousands of years, and the water here is extremely clear. There’s lush vegetation surrounding the spring and this oasis was a pinnacle for ancient travelers.

Its name comes from the shape, which resembles a half moon, and the spring is surrounded by Echoing Sand Mountain. This mountain is known to ‘whisper’ when the breeze comes in from certain angles, hence its name. This mountain also offers a heap of fun for those who like sand gliding or camel riding.

Transfer back to your hotel with the rest of the day on your own arrangement

Important Information

  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • All traveler names required
  • Hotel info required
  • Passport number required

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Important Information
Tour Location China-Gansu
Meetup Location Hotel pickup


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off service in Dunhuang
  • Entrance tickets as per itinerary
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Lunch


  • Additional drinks or snacks
  • Gratuities (recommended)
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About the Guide

Victor L.

Member since 11/16/2016

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