With its remote location in western China, Dunhuang offers photographers a chance to capture some amazing desert landscapes and pictures of historic sites. No ordinary tourist destination, Dunhuang, located in Gansu Province, has an important place in China’s history and culture. During the Han dynasty some two-thousand years ago, the city was the gateway to Central Asia for merchants setting out on the Silk Road. Located on the western frontier of Han Dynasty China, Dunhuang was the place to make arrangements for camels, horses and supplies before setting out on a difficult and dangerous journey through hostile lands. For caravans reaching China, the city’s walls were a welcome sight to weary travelers. There are a number of historic sites near Dunhuang, including the Mogao Grottoes with their ancient Buddhist statues and images, the ancient ruins of Yumenguan, the fortified border entry to Han Dynasty China northwest of Dunhuang, and the ruins of the entry post of Yangguan to the Southwest with it's beacon tower perched on a low hill overlooking a vast desert plain. Picturesque Cresent Lake sits among the Singing Sands dunes just south of Dunhuang. In addition to getting images of this lovely little oasis, you can climb the tall dunes to record expansive dunescapes or take the modern day version of the caravan - a camel train ride with fellow visitors.