Liuyuan is a small dusty town that acts as the gateway to Dunhuang, a city famous for its historical culture of China and an important ancient city on the Silk Road in ancient times.
The town was originally named Hongliuyuan when it was just a post station. In 1958 a train station was set up here with links connecting the town to the rest of Gansu and neighbouring provinces. In 1962, the post station was finally founded as a town.
The area surrounding Liuyuan is flat desert plains that finally reach the Gobi desert of Mongolia.
About 100km northwest of Lijiang in Yunnan province is where the Yangtze River’s upper reaches, the Jingsha Jiang, channel with ...