On the edge of the formidable Taklamakan Desert in Gansu Province, Dunhuang is a former Silk Road outpost and home to the stunning Mogao Caves; a complex featuring preserved Buddhist sculptures and frescoes, some almost 2,000 years old. Learn about this UNESCO World Heritage site with a leading historian, before journeying into the dunes by camel and dining under the stars. While in the desert, adventure sports such as sand tobogganing and four-wheeling are possible, as is the rare experience of sand bathing. 8

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