The main attractions at Dunhuang are the ancient Buddhist cave temple complex at Mogao and a crescent lake set among huge sand dunes, both visited by the Trio many years ago. But I am sure they would be horrified at the commercial developments that have taken place to accommodate tourists such as ourselves. The formerly secluded and peaceful lake is now shrunken, and a venue for sand surfing, archery, paragliding and camel rides. And the 140rmb fee to get in was steeper than the sand dunes themselves. Travellers on the Silk route? No - happy camel riding day trippers bedecked in their orange sand boots. I have no idea what the UFO in the back ground is. Any suggestions? Perhaps a clue lies below.
Mr Peng strikes a manly pose in front of the lake and the new temple which has been built there.
No complaints apart from the English.