Echoing-Sand Mountain (Mingsha Shan)
Have you ever heard of a mountain that echoes to the sound of sand as you slide down its slopes? Can you image a perennially limpid lake in an area of desert sand? Here in Dunhuang, Gansu Province, you will have the chance to enjoy the wonderful spectacle of the Echoing-Sand Mountain.
Echoing-Sand Mountain, known as Mingsha Shan in Chinese, is five kilometers (about three miles) away from the city of Dunhuang. Seen from afar, the mountain is just like a golden dragon winding its way over the horizon. As you approach you become aware that the sand has many colors ranging from red to yellow, green, black and white. On days when a strong wind blows, the fast shifting sand roars; but when the wind is little more than a light breeze, the sand produces gentle, dulcet sounds akin to music. It is the same when you are sliding down the mountainside. At first, the sand under your feet just whispers; but the further you slide, the louder the sound until it reaches a crescendo like thunder or a drum beat. Some say that the sand is singing, while to others it is like an echo and this is how the mountain gets its name.
Encircled by the Echoing-Sand Mountain, there is Crescent Lake so called because of its shape. The water in the lake is so pure and sweet that it looks like an emerald set in the sand. Many of the visitors who have made their way down Echoing-Sand Mountain like to drink from the lake. According to historical record, the lake has been in existence for hundreds of years without ever being buried by the sand; it is really a geological wonder.
Today, the Echoing-Sand Mountain is listed as a key national scenic spot. It is possible to climb it on foot or, if you prefer, on the back of a camel. It is also possible to take a sand bath treatment. Your visit is complete as you appreciate the splendid environment consisting of golden sand, a wondrous mountain, a tranquil lake and a beautiful sunset.
How to get to Echoing-Sand Mountain
1. Take Dunhuang Bus No. 3 to Yueyaquan (Crescent Lake) and you will see the mountain.
2. Take a taxi from the downtown area to the scenic area, costing CNY 15 to 20.
|Admission Fee:|| |
Crescent Lake & Echoing-Sand Mountain:
|Opening Hours:||05:00 to 20:30 |
Please note that the opening hours may be adjusted according to the number of tourists.
|Recommended Time for a Visit:||Evening in summer (from June to August)|
2. Is the camel ride expensive? How do we avoid getting ripped off?
3. How do we get back from Echoing Sand Dunes to Shazhouyi International Youth Hostel?
Thank you in advance for answering my questions above!
2. It costs around CNY 100 per hour. You can negotiate the fare before riding. Don't worry!
3. You can take a taxi for about CNY 10-15.