Dear MEL Topic Readers
Reviving the old silk road
Dunhuang is a small city in northwestern Gansu Province, China. As it lies on the edge of the Gobi Desert, it was once a frontier garrison and gate town to the Silk Road, connecting the then central region of China with the western regions, which are present-day Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
The ancient town is now more known for the Mogao Grottoes, one of the most prominent world cultural heritage sites. The caves consist of 492 grottoes that contain paintings and sculptures created between the 4th and 14th centuries. The number of visitors each day is limited to 6,000 to preserve the valuable artworks and the tickets are hard to get during peak seasons.
Since the launch or the Belt and Road Initiative, Dunhuang has been revitalized as the gate city to the West in culture, tourism, and businesses.
Enjoy reading and learn what this ancient town offers now for new China and Central and Western Asia.