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Zhāixīng Gé

Part of the Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel, this rooftop restaurant is ideal for a meal (the western buffet breakfast is excellent) or a sundowner gazing out over the golden sand dunes. There's everything from...

Xinjiang in Dunhuang

Suǒfěiyà Qīngzhèn Fànguǎn

Come to this small and friendly Muslim restaurant down Confucian Temple Alley (Wenmiao Xiang) for lamb kebabs (羊肉串, yángròuchuàn; ¥2 each), roast lamb with cumin (孜然羊肉, zīrǎn yángròu; ¥70), spicy chicken chunks...

Street Food in Dunhuang

Speciality Snack Street

This road west off Mingshan Lu is stuffed with small hole-in-the-wall restaurants and larger eateries, perfect for dining on local specialities such as donkey meat, cuōyúzi (fish-shaped noodles), wonton,...

Noodles in Dunhuang

Yǒnghóng Cuōyúzi

A bowl of these fish-shaped noodles (搓鱼子, cuōyúzi) puts a spring in your step. Located on Speciality Snack Street off Mingshan Lu in the centre of town, it's a small family-run operation. The name of the...

Market in Dunhuang

Shazhou Night Market

Extending from Yangguan Lu south to Xiyu Lu, this market is both a place to eat and to socialise, night and day. Off Yanguang Donglu are dozens of well-organised stalls with English signs: expect Sichuan, Korean...

Noodles in Wuwei

Yīwǎnlán Niúròumiàn

This large Muslim place serves filling helpings of huìmiànpiàn (烩面片, big/small ¥11/12) noodles – flat noodle chunks with veggies, beef crumbs, garlic, rice noodles and doufu cubes – and serves lāmiàn hand-pulled...

Market in Wuwei

Liangzhou Food Street

This warren of covered pedestrian alleys within bustling Liangzhou Market (凉州市场, Liángzhōu Shìchǎng) packs in dozens of snack stands, hawker stalls and small, hole-in-the-wall restaurants in a blaze of garish red...

Market in Zhangye

Huayi Food Street

This pedestrianised market has dozens of snack stalls and small restaurants, many selling local specialities and Chinese standards, hand-pulled noodles (拉面, lāmiàn), ròujiāmó, claypot, Sichuan food and dried...

Noodles in Zhangye

Xīnyǒnghéng Niúròu Lāmiàn

Round-the-clock hours make this a decent pit-stop at any time of the day or night. For ¥7 you can devour a deep, clear, fresh, zesty and filling bowl of beef noodles (牛肉面, niúròumiàn) with sesame seeds and spring...

Market in Zhangye

Mingqing Jie

A traditionally styled street with an ornamental gateway, Mingqing Jie is full of restaurants, stalls selling roast sweet potatoes and dàpáidàng selling jiaozi, cuo mian, Sichuan dishes, claypot dishes and all...

Market in Jiayuguan

Jingtie Market

At this busy market load up on lamb kebabs, ròujiāmó (肉夹馍, pork sandwiches), shāguō (claypot) dishes, barbecue, Sichuan cuisine, beef noodles, roast duck, dumplings and more. There's a whole batch of small...

Market in Jiayuguan

Fuqiang Market

For a fast, hot meal in the evenings, especially barbecued lamb washed down with beer, try the food stalls at this market, north of the Xinhua Lu traffic circle.

Breakfast in Dunhuang

Charley Johng’s Cafe

Western-style breakfasts, including scrambled eggs, muesli with yoghurt, and pancakes, are available all day either à la carte or as a set. There are also sandwiches, and a host of Chinese dishes such as...

Noodles in Dunhuang

There is a Yellow Flesh of a Donkey

This bright, clean and friendly restaurant specialises in Dunhuang's not-exactly-famous donkey-meat noodles (驴肉黄面, lǘròu huángmiàn). Warm noodles are served with a tasty tofu sauce and a side of cold, sliced...

Sichuan in Jiayuguan

Yuanzhongyuan Restaurant

Directly across from the bus station on the far side of a small park is this very good and rather smart Sichuan restaurant. Reach for the 'cookery book' (which the restaurant calls its menu) and sample the spicy...

Vegetarian in Dunhuang

Green Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant

This very elegant (but expensive) choice is arrayed with all manner of exquisite ceramics and paintings and exudes an air of tranquillity and exclusiveness, an allure not matched by the bland flavours of the...