Mingshashan and Crescent Moon Spring
Mingshashan and Crescent Moon Spring Dunhuang Reviews
Singing sand dunes and eternal spring in the desert May 08, 2008
Mingshashan (singing or whistling sand hills) and Crescent Moon Spring are at the same location just slightly outside of Dunhuang city center. The sand hills or dunes actually stretch many kilometers toward the west, but the spring is the specialty which attracts the most people. You can climb the sand dunes or pay to take the steps made by the sand sliding attractions, or pay to take a camel ride which is a fun experience if you had never ridden a camel before. The sand dunes are hot during the day unless it's winter, but very colorful during sunrise or sunset. Travbuddy hyo has the best photo I saw from the top of the sand dune looking down at Crescent Moon Spring. If you are lucky they may have gliding, I had seen photos, but it wasn't available when I went. Dunhuang was also known as Shazhou, the sand prefecture, because of the sand dunes or the blowing sand storms it gets. Don't forget to run down the sand dunes to hear the singing or whistling sands underfoot.
ticket 120 RMB, camel ride 60 RMB, boot rental 10 RMB, sand sliding 15 RMB
plan to spend 2 hours here at least, unless you are hiking on foot, which can then take another hour or more.
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