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It is located near the historic junction of the northern and southern Silk Roads, and was therefore a town of military importance.
For centuries Buddhist monks at Dunhuang collected scriptures from the west, and many pilgrims passed through the area, painting murals inside the Mogao Caves. Today, the site is an important tourist attraction and the subject of an ongoing archaeological project.
Other neighboring attractions include:
- Crescent Lake
- Echoing-Sand Mountain (Mingsha Shan)
- Crescent Lake
- Echoing-Sand Mountain
- International Dunhuang Project (includes thousands of digitised manuscripts and paintings from Dunhuang)
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