The Boton Cafe: The Boton Cafe
This coffee shop is recommended by the Lonely Planet, but quite frankly it's a complete disaster zone. Undoubtedly the worst coffee shop I have been in during the last four years across the whole of China. It took more than an hour to get a coffee served, and this was after sending three coffees back. The first because it was an iced coffee and I explicitly asked for "rede", the second because they just stuck the first one in the microwave, and the third because it was not even lukewarm. Dreadful. The worst bit was that the staff tried to argue, in ever increasing numbers that I had asked for "bingde" coffee (something I have never requested nor drunk in the last 23 years, so somewhat unlikely), then later that the "coffee looks just like the picture in the menu", which indeed it did. The implication was that the temperature was unimportant. But then if I had scooped some mud off the street and stuck it in some water it would have looked the same. Definitely a place to seriously avoid. It has now taken more than five minutes to et a spoon as well.
The special nightlife in Dunhuang is eating outside. Because Dunhuang has a long winter, there always some small tents are on the street. Enter the tent, the host will grill lamb and make salt tea for you. Sometimes tent doesn't install light, so you may chat with your friends just under the candle or oil lamp. For the people coming from big city, it is really a special experience.
This is the Lanzhou city bus...
This is the Lanzhou city bus station, behind it was the Russian-like building but it was a local Muslim Mosque, look closer it was very colorful green white and red, I am standing in between. Just around this area, you can shop until you die! Yeah, believe me, this is the place where wet market, supermarkets, hawkers and everthing together in one.