The Mogao Caves were something to look forward to seeing after a weekend of kite flying at the First International Dunhuang Kite Festival in April 2017. Located just 25 km outside of Dunhuang City our bus stopped at the interpretive center for an introduction and film of the history of the area and then we drove up to the cliffs where the entrance is centered amidst a system of 492 cave temples of which we would enter about 20 caves
I was excited to visit the historical site because I had heard about the Mogao Caves from friends and family who had visited them and provided enthusiastic reports. I also gained some further information about the caves during the 2916 Getty Museum exhibition Cave Temples of Dunhuang that I was unable to attend but followed online at http://www.getty.edu/research/exhibitions_events/exhibitions/cave_temples_dunhuang/index.html
Like many tourists to the area our kite delegation decided to get the feel of the silk road by heading on to Crescent Lake, a spring fed oasis in the shape of a half moon that offered a camel ride along the Singing Sand Mountain of dunes that surround the temple by Crescent Lake.