Founded by Emperor Wudi of the Han Dynasty in 111 BC, Dunhuang served as a base for soldiers watching over Silk Road caravans. For centuries, Dunhuang was the last familiar stop for Chinese traders heading west, sometimes even going as far as the Roman Empire. This old desert town sits on the edge of the Gobi desert and it has witnessed centuries of cultural exchanges between east and west.
Dunhuang has a vibrant night market where locals and tourists can enjoy cold beer, lamb kebob and of course karaoke. This area in Dong Dajie also has numerous shops and stalls selling anything from local handicrafts to Tibetan horns and buddha statues.