Travel enthusiasts, both locals and foreigners, would want to visit one of China’s wondrous places: the Gobi Desert. It is more like communing with nature’s marvels, none of the usual travel through China’s busy cities. Getting away from the hurly-burly grind of everyday life in the urban, a vacation or adventure to extraordinary places is indeed a welcome change.
There are actually several places for you to check out and even have fun with the guided tours. You should have no worries even if tour guides in some places may not be fluent with the English language because they know the basics. You will not be travelling by foot during the entire journey since there are taxis, buses, and – yes – camels as a means of transport in the Gobi Desert. Now then, get your travel bags and yourself geared up and you are all set to a pleasurable vacation.
Let’s have a go to some fabulous escapades but have your wallets ready. A word of note though: there is a photography ban at the Mogao Grottoes, so better be mindful of that because the staff and guides are adamant in implementing the area’s no-photography allowed policy.
Yangguan Pass is 70 kilometers southwest of Dunhuang. There’s no public transportation between Dunhuang City and Yangguan Pass. Taxi costs for a return trip is around US$47 for 4 people max. Admission fee is US$8.00, inclusive of a guided tour of the Yangguan Museum. Guests have the choice of going up to the Yangguan Pass on a tram or by horseback.
Yadan National Park is located 180 kilometers northwest of Dunhuang. There’s no public transportation between Dunhuang City and Yadan National Park. Taxi costs for a return trip is around US$63.00 for 4 people max.
Mogao Grottoes is situated 25 kilometers southeast of Dunhuang. Take the green shuttle bus in front of Silk Road Hotel in Dunhuang. The journey takes around 30 minutes and costs about US$1.00. Mogao Grottoes tour admission fee is US$28.00 during high season, which is from May 1 until October 31 and US$15.00 the rest of the year.
Echoing Sand Mountain and Crescent Lake is 6 kilometers south of Dunhuang. The journey takes around 10 minutes and costs US$0.15. Admission fees are US$18.00 during peak season (from May 1 until October 31) and US$9.00 during off-peak season.
For a quintessential Dunhuang feel, go for an overnight camel trekking to make the vacation even more treasured. You can make arrangements for the travel at Harley Johng’s Dune Guesthouse at US$62.00. This includes a tour guide, 2 meals, accommodations, and transport. The trek begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 8 a.m. the following morning.
Shop for souvenirs at the Dunhuang Night Market., which is open from around 6 p.m. till midnight every day.