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Tour of the Silk Road

By ChengAn | | Updated: 2018-06-21 16:10
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  Splendid Danxia landform in Zhangye, Dongfeng Aerospace City in Jiuquan, magnificent Jiayuguan Pass and the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang are all tourist sites along the road. Some of the most renowned scenic spots along the Silk Road tour, starting from Lanzhou, are:

  Jiayu Pass嘉峪关

  Jiayu Pass [File Photo]

  The Jiayu Pass stands in the southwest section of the city of Jiayuguan in Gansu Province. The snow-covered Qilian Mountains run south for hundreds of miles, and the Dragon's Head (Longshou) and Horse's Mane (Mazong) mountains rise up to its north. The walls on both sides of the pass extend across the desert to join the mountains. The existing building was constructed in 1372, with two layers of walls dividing it into outer and inner sections. The outer wall was made of mud, except for its western section which was built with bricks. The double walls indicate the important strategic position of this pass.

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  Yueya Spring月牙泉

  Yueya Spring [File Photo]

  Located in Dunhuang City, the Mingsha Mountain and Yueya Spring Scenic Spot has been one of the eight most famous scenic spots in Dunhuang since the Han Dynasty (202 BC–220 AD). The Yueya Spring, also known as the Crescent Moon Spring, is surrounded by the Mingsha Mountains. It stretches for 100 m from South to North, and 25m from East to West. The Yueya Spring has been a scenic wonder for a long time and is reputed to be the "First Spring in Sand". Mingsha Mountain, also known as the "Echoing-Sand Mountain" got its name from the sound-making sands surrounding it. Additionally, it features plenty of leisurely activities, including sand surfing, camel riding and visits to the sand spa.

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