Dunhuang, Gansu, China

Photos taken by David Stanley on a visit to Dunhuang, Gansu, in western China.
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This pyramid-shaped dune is just south of Dunhuang, Gansu, China, at the Mingsha Sand Dunes.

This pyramid-shaped dune is just south of Dunhuang, Gansu, China, at the Mingsha Sand Dunes.

These Bactrian camels at the Mingsha Sand Dunes south of Dunhuang, Gansu, China, recall the Silk Road which passed here for over 1,500 years beginning in the 2nd century BC.

These Bactrian camels at the Mingsha Sand Dunes south of Dunhuang, Gansu, China, recall the Silk Road which passed here for over 1,500 years beginning in the 2nd century BC.

A large scale drama called The Silk Road is performed at Dunhuang, Gansu, China. Dubbed China’s Swan Lake, it has been performed 2,800 times since its debut in 1979.

A large scale drama called The Silk Road is performed at Dunhuang, Gansu, China. Dubbed China’s Swan Lake, it has been performed 2,800 times since its debut in 1979.

Some of the earliest Buddhist temples in China dating back to 366 AD are at the Mogao Caves southeast of Dunhuang, Gansu. The site developed over a millennium through 11 dynasties.

Some of the earliest Buddhist temples in China dating back to 366 AD are at the Mogao Caves southeast of Dunhuang, Gansu. The site developed over a millennium through 11 dynasties.

The Mogao Caves contain as many as 2,415 statues and murals in 492 caves along a broken cliff southeast of Dunhuang, Gansu, China. It`s Chinas’ richest storehouse of ancient Buddhist art.

The Mogao Caves contain as many as 2,415 statues and murals in 492 caves along a broken cliff southeast of Dunhuang, Gansu, China. It`s Chinas’ richest storehouse of ancient Buddhist art.

A seven-story pagoda.at Cave 96 at the Mogao Caves southeast of Dunhuang, Gansu, China, shelters a remarkable 35.5-meter-hgih statue of Buddha dating from 695 AD.

A seven-story pagoda.at Cave 96 at the Mogao Caves southeast of Dunhuang, Gansu, China, shelters a remarkable 35.5-meter-hgih statue of Buddha dating from 695 AD.

Tourists are carried up into the Mingsha Sand Dunes just south of Dunhuang, Gansu, China, on Bactrian camels such as these.

Tourists are carried up into the Mingsha Sand Dunes just south of Dunhuang, Gansu, China, on Bactrian camels such as these.

The Mingsha Sand Dunes almost engulf the Mingyue Pavilion at Crescent Lake just south of Dunhuang, Gansu, China.

The Mingsha Sand Dunes almost engulf the Mingyue Pavilion at Crescent Lake just south of Dunhuang, Gansu, China.

The Mingsha Sand Dunes rise above Crescent Lake just south of Dunhuang, Gansu, China. Marco Polo refered to these `rumbling sands` which `sing` as the wind blows over them.

The Mingsha Sand Dunes rise above Crescent Lake just south of Dunhuang, Gansu, China. Marco Polo refered to these `rumbling sands` which `sing` as the wind blows over them.

This replica of the 5th century `Mona Lisa` smiling Buddha from Cave 259 at Mogao is in the Dunhang Museum in Dunhuang, Gansu, China.

This replica of the 5th century `Mona Lisa` smiling Buddha from Cave 259 at Mogao is in the Dunhang Museum in Dunhuang, Gansu, China.


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