By Erika Owen
Updated: January 24, 2017
Bence Bakonyi

A single postcard image inspired Hungarian photographer Bence Bakonyi to make the 2,000 mile train trip to Dunhuang, China from Budapest. His final destination? The very edge of Asia's largest desert and long-gone checkpoint for the ancient Silk Road, The Gobi. He explains in an interview with Mashable: "When I was in Shanghai, I saw a postcasrd of the Gobi Desert in the post office. The images were incredible." 

The photograph timed his one-week visit with a Chinese holiday, making for the perfect time to observe tourists interact with the desert destination. More words on the task from the photographer:

Bakonyi's series, "Cognition," features magnificent hills of sand with tourist milling about and exploring the foreign landscape. Taking in the photos, it serves a great reminder of just how small we are in the midst of our natural wonders. See for yourself:

Bence Bakonyi
Bence Bakonyi
Bence Bakonyi
Bence Bakonyi
Bence Bakonyi

For more of Bakonyi's work, head to his website

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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