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10 unforgettable desert adventures

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Dunhuang, China and the Gobi Desert

Once a thriving trade center on the Silk Road, Dunhuang is now a popular destination for tourists who want to experience China's Gobi Desert. It is possible to book a multi-day camel or 4x4 trek in this city. Some tours also visit ancient caves and unique rock formations that were formed thousands of years ago.

The Mogao Caves, an important Buddhist site, is a popular stop for trekkers. Another stunning attraction is Yueyaquan (Crescent Lake), an ancient oasis just outside of Dunhuang that is surrounded by towering sand dunes. Dunhuang offers easy access to the attractions of the Gobi, giving tourists the chance to choose how in-depth they want their desert experience to be.