what to eat
Silk Road Camel Hoof
Silk Road Camel Hoof, which is also known as Jokul Camel Hoof, is one of the most famous dishes in Dunhuang. As we know, camel is the main vehicle in the desert. The camel hoof has high nutrition value. Camel hoof is as rare as the paw of bear.
The preparation of Silk Road Camel Hoof is as follows. It requires a camel hoof and a chicken cooked for about eight hours, some brawn steamed for two or three hours, eggs and luncheon meat made as the look of jokul. Meat slices would be put in the corner of the "road" and the brawn slices would be sprinkled on the “road” as footprints of the camel.
This famous and precious dish is very delicious.
Dunhuang Niang Pi Zi
Niang Pi Zi in Dunhuang is a traditional fast food which is both spicy and vinegary. Some of the Dunhuang Niang Pi Zi are bright, and some are clean like the jade.
Niang Pi Zi is made of flour, vinegar, salt, garlic, sesame oil, cucumber and chili oil. Flour paste is steamed for 3 - 4 minutes, then cut into strips and put the sauces into the strips.
Niang Pi Zi is really a favorite among the locals and many of the tourists. Your stomach will be fully satisfied after you have it.
Dunhuang Yellow Noodles
Dunhuang yellow noodles are very famous in Dunhuang. Dunhuang yellow noodles are as thin as dragon and as long as golden threads. Dunhuang yellow noodles can be cooked with soup or other vegetables.
Dunhuang yellow noodles are usually eaten cold or at room temperature, and eaten with other dishes as a staple.
what to buy
As we know, camel is the main conveyance tool on the Silk Road. People love it because of its spirits: with great fortitude and can bear heat and strict cold, hunger and thirst. Camel is also a kind of animal in the desert.
Dunhunag folk crafts take cotton as birth, binds the specially made flannel to make into outside of camels which appearance each simple different shapes that can make person love to release.
Craft Camel is a memorial product with special features for you. You can buy some craft camels and take them home.
Luminous Cup is one of the most famous specialties in Gansu Province. As early as 2,000 years ago, the Luminous Cups are produced in Jiuquan.
The self-illuminating cup is made of jade stone from Qilian Mountain. Some of the self-illuminating cups are white with yellow, while others are green. Different from other common cups, the self-illuminating cup is as thin as a piece of paper. The self-illuminating cup can stand up to high temperatures and fend against the cold.
The Luminous cup will illuminate at night. Actually, the cup cannot illuminate. It reflects the moonlight and looks like it is sending out mysterious colors. It is very beautiful.
what to do in the evening
Dunhuang Musicians and Dancers
In ancient times, Dunhuang was a melting pot for both song and dance of western and eastern cultures and developed a school all its own, the Dunhuang Folk Musicians and Dancers. After the arrangement of the Feitian Song and Dance Group of the Dunhuang Hotel, the programs well represent the rich Dunhuang cultural atmosphere and takes you back to the scene of the prosperous Tang Dynasty (618-907).
Dunhuang Night market - Shazhou Market
It is an ideal place to learn about Dunhuang folk-customs and life. The market, divided into several areas, includes snacks, art ware, Sanpaotai (a kind of drinking vessel with a small plate, a cup and lid. Now the name of a special tea made with sugar candy, longan, Chinese date, medlar and currant.), Tea House area and a special ethnic products area etc. Tourists can browse at your leisure. There are also local opera street shows performed by amateurs - entertaining and fun.
Being surrounded by high mountains, Dunhuang belongs to continental climate. It is dry all year round with very little rainfall. The annual average temperature is 9.3 °C, but ranges from 24.7 °C in July to ?9.3°C in January.
The obvious characters of Dunhuang are arid climate, little rainfall, large evaporation, large difference of day and night, and long sunlight. Dunhuang has hot summers and cold winters.
The fluctuation in temperature between day and night is large, so you had better prepare a warm cold even in summer. What is more, enough water is also necessary for you.
The best time to visit Dunhuang and the ancient Silk Road is from May to October.