The Great Wall of Sand: Sandstorm engulfs the ancient city of Dunhuang in China!

The sandstorm from the nearby Gobi Desert created dangerous driving conditions and forced police to shut down major roads.

Powerful sandstorm engulfs city in north-western China - DTNext.in

A 300 feet wall of sand wreaked havoc on the Chinese city of Dunhuang reducing visibility to less than 20 feet across the city, NBC News reported.

The giant sandstorm, struck at about 3 pm on July 25, and created dangerous driving conditions, and forced local police to close major roads and order drivers to get their vehicles off expressways amid reduced visibility.

The sandstorm from the nearby Gobi Desert created dangerous driving conditions and forced police to shut down major roads. 

Sandstorm engulfs the ancient city of Dunhuang in China!

 A wall of sand over 100 meters high swallowed a city on the fringes of the Gobi desert in northwestern China, in scenes reminiscent of a disaster film.
Dunhuang, a tourist draw with a colorful history as a Silk Road outpost, momentarily disappeared in the dust clouds as the storm hit on Sunday.
A resident surnamed Zhang told local media Jimu News that the sandstorm came abruptly and swept through the city in five or six minutes.

“I couldn’t see the sun,” he said, adding that the city in Gansu province had not experienced such a sandstorm in several years.
“At first I was enveloped in the sandstorm’s yellow dust, then it turned red and finally black.”
Dunhuang is home to several major tourist attractions including the Mogao Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site with ancient Buddhist carvings and striking desert landforms.
Sandstorms are common in the region each spring but rare in the summer, according to state-run news agency China News Service.
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Dunhuang is home to the Mogao Grottoes, a Unesco World Heritage Site, and is located in the Gobi Desert and known for its harsh climate and living conditions. 

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