An impressive 100-meter-high “sand wall” enveloped a town on the edge of the Gobi Desert in northwest China on Sunday (25).
Dunhuang, a tourist site and warehouse on the historical “Silk Road” in Gansu Province, has disappeared, being “swallowed” by a cloud of sand and dust.
The sandstorm also turned the sky yellow and reduced visibility to less than 5 meters in some areas. The police had to enforce traffic controls on the city streets.
A resident told local media “Jimo News” that she arrived suddenly and crossed the city within five or six minutes.
“I couldn’t see the sun,” said Zhang, who also said the city had not experienced such a severe sandstorm in several years.
Dust storms are common in the Gobi Desert region in the spring, but they rarely occur in the summer.According to the official China News Agency.
CCTV image shows a severe sandstorm sweeping through buildings in Dunhuang, Gansu Province on July 25, 2021 in northwest China. Photo: CCTV via AFP
Dunhuang is well known for its tourist attractions such as the Mogao Caves, a group of Buddhist temples adorned with various murals and statues.
The site was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1987.
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