The Great Dunhuang

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  • Title: 大敦煌 / Da Dun Huang
  • English title: The Great Dunhuang
  • Genre: Historical drama
  • Episodes: 46
  • Broadcast network: CCTV
  • Broadcast period: 2006-Oct-31 to 2006-Nov-25
  • Air time: 19:55
  • Opening theme song: Dun Huang Ri Yue (敦煌日月) by Sun Nan
  • Ending theme song: Bu Hui (不悔) by Tsai Qin


A three-part epic tells of the rise, fall, and rebirth of the great civilization Dunhuang through the act of hiding treasures, hunting for treasures, and protecting treasures during three key periods in the Chinese history: The Northern Song Dynasty, the end of Qing Dynasty, and finally, the Republic.

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Chapter One: Northern Song


Xixia King always had his eyes on Dunhuang, and he finally found a way to overtake this oasis. Since Song had no available manpower to defend Xixia invasion from the west, they sent Fang Tian You with a gold-carved Buddhist script to remind the King that Dunhuang was a Buddhist holy land and an invasion would a sacrilege. The tactic failed. As a final stand, the monks who guarded Dunhuang buried the Buddhist relics and themselves in the caves.


Chapter Two: Qing


Foreigners came to Dunhuang in search of buried treasures. They robbed Dunhuang of its ancient paintings, carvings, and relics. The disheartened Qin Wen Yu turned to the local thugs to help stop the export of ancient artifacts. The Chinese authority, instead of stopping the foreigners from taking the artifacts, prosecuted the people who tried to stop the foreigners.


Final Chapter: Republic


A year before the outbreak of World War II and Japanese invasion, Liang Mu Tian and his wife, Su Qing Ping, came to Dunhuang in search of artistic inspirations. To their horror, the once majestic city had turned into a sad ruin left behind by a century of grave robbing. These two artists became ardent Dunhuang advocates. They roused the local people to protect and rebuild their ancient city.


  • Wei Zi as Liang Muo Tan 儒学画家梁墨琰
  • Li Jian Qun as Su Qing Ping 学者兼贤妻苏清平
  • Xia Fan as Chiba Sanrou 日本青年学者千叶三郎
  • Yvonne Yung as Hong Liu 西北女"土匪"红柳
  • Wang Hui Chun as Chen Yi Zhong "弃政从商、倒卖古董"陈宜忠
  • Zhang Qiu Ge (张秋歌) as Qu Hei Zi "匪首"窦黑子
  • Lu Jun (陆军) as Dunhuang mayor 敦煌县县长陆敬儒
  • Wang Jun (王军) as Takeno 日本武士竹野
  • Chang Chuan (常川) as Tang Lian Cheng 大管家唐连成
  • Liu Pei Qing (刘培清) as He Fu Gui 戏班班主和富贵
  • Liu Sha (刘莎) as Li Ya Qin 青年画家黎雅琴
  • Ma Jing (马静) as Yan Zi 热爱敦煌文化少女燕子
  • Ding Hai Feng as Miyamoto 日本将军宫本
  • Wang Lan Wu (王兰武) as Sun Shi Chang 民国掌柜孙世昌

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