Place:Dunhuang, Jiuquan, Kansu, People's Republic of China


Alt namesTun-huangsource: NIMA, GEOnet Names Server (1996-1998)
Tun-huang-hsiensource: NIMA, GEOnet Names Server (2003-)
Tunghwangsource: NIMA, GEOnet Names Server (2003-)
Tunhwangsource: Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) p 1235
Coordinates40.083°N 94.75°E
Located inJiuquan, Kansu, People's Republic of China
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Administratively, the county-level city of Dunhuang is part of the prefecture-level city of Jiuquan.

It is situated in a rich oasis containing Crescent Lake and Mingsha Shan (meaning "Singing-Sand Mountain"). Mingsha Shan is named after the sound of the wind whipping off the dunes, the singing sand phenomenon.

It commands a strategic position at the crossroads of the ancient Southern Silk Route and the main road leading from India via Lhasa to Mongolia and Southern Siberia,[1] as well as controlling the entrance to the narrow Hexi Corridor which led straight to the heart of the north Chinese plains and the ancient capitals of Chang'an (today known as Xi'an) and Luoyang.

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