The grottoes, also known as...
The grottoes, also known as Caves of the Thousand Buddhas, preserve nearly a thousand years of Buddhist cave-temple architecture, clay sculpture, mural paintings, and manuscripts, dating from the 5th to the 14th centuries
If you go there in the summer, you can take a sled and slide down the dunes-- they make loud booming sounds as you do. :) If, like you, you visit in the winter, revel in the ephemeral beauty of seeing snow-covered sand dunes. They really are quite something.
Food, food and more food
"Lunch is included"
Everywhere we went in China, we found that lunch was included as part of our tour. Often we were put in a private room of a restaurant (a bit daunting, as there were only two of us) and a succession of dishes would be brought in. Everytime we thought that they had finally brought the last one, there would be something else. The restaurant in Dunhuang was a good example of this.
Even the most modest lunch included (between two of us) two meat dishes, two vegetable dishes and rice, followed by melon.
"Dinner in Dunhuang"
At dinner time, we were not in the mood for a massive banquet, but had a very pleasant dinner in our hotel's Chinese restaurant: shredded beef; duck with green peppers and broccoli with bacon; accompanied by an endless supply of jasmine tea for less than the equivalent of £5. Some of the other menu options were rather exotic: ‘delicious braised pig’s hoof soup’; ‘sautéed agglomerated pig’s blood with hot pepper’; ‘black bone chicken and Chinese caterpillar soup’; ‘braised donkey’s meat with lump’; ‘braised camel’s paw’; ‘assorted slivers of camel hump’.