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Dunhuang Private Day Tour to Yulin Caves, Suoyang City Ruin, Sun of Earth Statue

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Yulin Caves, Suoyang City Ruins, Sun of the Earth Statue, are the interesting attractions in the east of Dunhuang, China. This private day tour will let you explore these three attractions in a day with a local guide by private vehicle from Dunhuang. Chinese lunch is includes, and pickup time from your centrally located Dunhuang hotel is at 8am.

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Stop At: Yulin Grotto

At 8am, your guide will meet you at your centrally located Dunhuang hotel. Then you will take 2-hour car ride to Yulin Caves. The Yulin Caves were built on bank cliffs at two sides of the Yulin River valley. There are now 42 major caves in existence together with hundreds of others scattered around, 31 on the east bank and 11 on the west bank. The first group of caves was built in the Northern Wei dynasty and in the following dynasties more caves were cut or restored. The forms of caves and contents of paintings show close connection with those in the Mogao Grottoes so they are important constitute parts of Dunhuang art complex, and have great historical and art value. The grottoes preserve nearly one thousand statues and more than one thousand-square-meters frescoes. You will follow the cave guide to visit some caves to learn the history.  Note: The entrance fees for both caves are only for regular caves, and you can pay locally if you would like to visit special caves. 

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Suoyang City Ruins

Afterwards you will head to Suoyang City Ruins. Suoyang City Ruins was inscribed on UNESCO's list of World Cultural Heritages in 2014. Built in Han Dynasty (202BC-220AD), this border town prospered in Tang Dynasty (618-907). Suoyang City was deserted gradually after the closure of the Jiayuguan Pass in 1524. There are towers, houses, lanes, and city walls that can be seen today in the city ruins.

Duration: 1 hour

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Then you will head to the huge statue of Sun of the Earth. The statue is 4.3m in height, and 15m in length. It is surprise to view such a bit statue in the gobi desert. Chinese lunch is included today. Later you will be transferred back to your hotel in Dunhuang where the wonderful day trip concludes.

Duration: 30 minutes