The Chinese city of Dunhuang disappears when it is swallowed by a giant wall of sand hundreds of meters high

The Vanishing City! Dunhuang in China ‘disappears’ as it is swallowed by a giant sand wall more than 100 meters high

  • The ancient city of Dunhuang was flooded by a huge wall of sand on Sunday
  • Images show how high-rise buildings disappear under the dust cloud
  • Police were forced to close major roads and ask motorists to wait out the storm in service areas as visibility dropped to less than 6 meters.
  • The Silk Road city is home to the Mogao Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

A Chinese city is engulfed by a gigantic sand wall hundreds of meters high in images straight from a disaster movie.

A video shows the city of Dunhuang disappears between the more than 100 meters high sand wall that blew in from the Gobi desert on Sunday.

The apocalyptic scene was filmed by a resident who shared the scary clip on Twitter.

In it, high-rise buildings disappear from view while the huge cloud of dust slowly moves into the city.

Police were forced to close major roads and ask motorists to wait out the storm in service areas as visibility dropped to less than 6 meters.

The South China Morning Post reported that the storm hit the ancient city of Silk Road around 3 p.m. local time.

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A Chinese city is engulfed by a gigantic sand wall hundreds of meters high in images straight from a disaster movie

Tourists in a nearby nature park were caught off guard by the dust storm, which swept away their belongings.

The group had traveled to the Mingsha Mountain and Crescent Lake Nature Park in Dunhuang to watch the sunset among the singing sand dunes at the picturesque beauty spot.

They were forced to huddle together and wear goggles and masks to protect themselves from the sand.

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A video shows the city of Dunhuang disappearing between the more than 100 meters high sand wall that blew in from the Gobi desert on Sunday.

A tour guide organizer identified only Mr. Qin and said that the sky when they left was still blue and all indications were that it would be a beautiful sunset, but then suddenly the wind picked up, creating the sandstorm he said was but lasted a short time. a short time.

Dunhuang is known for its harsh climate and living conditions. It is home to the Mogao Caves, also known as the Thousand Buddha Caves, a temple complex and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In June, residents of Hotan, a city in western China, captured scenes similar to those seen in Dunhuang on Sunday.

A rushing sandstorm colored the sky orange, blocking the sun with thick dust.

Chinese media reported at the time that extreme weather has become more frequent in recent years due to human activities and deforestation.

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