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There is a quite good restaurant at the Visitor Centre. There is a small souvenir shop which also sells some drinks and snacks, but it is necessary to bring in pretty much anything you might need.
Written Jun 10, 2006
Address: Sanlongsha Yardan Geopark
Yumenguan is a popular excursion from Dunhaung, about 125km south east of Yumenguan. All the travel agencies in town offer day trips out here. Many will package up the Sanlongsha Yardan formations (well worth it) and also Yangguan (do the lattter separately!).
Make sure you see the three main sites at Yumenguan (Hecang, the Han Great Wall and the Yumenguan itself). They are all in a 15km stretch along the river.
An additional possibility is to visit the Xihu national nature reserve, west of Yumenguan It's a large wetland in the desert, teeming with birds (and insects!).
Individual travellers can book a taxi for the whole day or get the hotel to arrange a car (anywhere from RMB500 to RMB800....pay at the end). John's Information centre at the Feitian Hotel offers many different tours in the area, and they are well regarded by many travellers .
Tips on all these places will be added in due course!
Written Jun 7, 2006
The marsh at Yumenguan is attractive, but is a breeding ground for biting insects. Take a lot of insect repellant in the summer and cover up any flesh - local people go about dressed like beekeepers!
But more usually there is a stiff wind blowing here, and the temperature can drop quite low, even in the summer months, especially in the morning.
Take care in the summer months as it is very hot here!
Written Jun 7, 2006
Favorite thing: Most digital maps place Yumenguan in the wrong place (by some distrance) and show a direct road from Yangguan to Yumenguan. The road to Yumenguan is from a turn off on the Dunhuang to Yangguan route, just before the Yangguan/Nanhuxiang turn-off and well signposted.
I will provide the precise GPS coordinates of all places in and around Yumenguan but unfortunately my brand new Garmin GPS receiver has packed up after just ten days of use! Shocking, eh?
Written Jun 12, 2006