Echoing-sand Mountain (Mingsha Shan) is perched six kilometers away from the city of Dunhuang in Gansu province, which is definitely a must-see along a perfect Dunhuang travel. Echoing-sand Mountain is shrouded by golden sand, which resembles a golden dragon winding its way over the horizon if seen far. If seen carefully, you could see that the sand has five colors, ranging from red, yellow, green, to white and black. Around the Echoing-Sand Mountain, visitors could see a beautiful crescent-shaped lake, that is the famous Crescent Lake. It is just like a sparkling emerald embedded on the Echoing-sand Mountain. So beautiful!
The mystery of the Echoing-sand Mountain lies in its sand. When the gale comes, the sand will roar, while if breeze strokes, the sound would be gentle like the orchestral music. Travelers could clearly heard such sound if they are sliding down the mountainside. At first, the sand under feet just whispers, but the sound will become louder and louder as you slide, and it could be loud like thunder or a drum beat. How amazing it is!
Many travelers say the sand is singing, while others think it is echoing, and thus the name Echoing-sand Mountain comes. Travelers could explore the Echoing-sand Mountain by camel, electric car, quad bike or on foot, while riding a camel is the most favorable way among travelers and it would never get them disappointed. Riding a camel on the desert, travelers could indulge themselves in the boundless desert, mysterious sand-echo, breathtaking desertscape, azure blue sky and crisp clean air heartily. How wonderful it is! So never miss it in your Dunhuang travel!
Location: 6km from the downtown of Dunhuang
Admission Fee: CNY 120 (Including Crescent Lake) for Adults; CNY60 for students
Electronic Sightseeing Car: CNY10 per person
Fees for Camel-riding: CNY100 per hour
Fees for sliding along the dune: CNY15 per person
Recommended Time for a Visit: Evening in summer