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Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain

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Three miles from Dunhuang, Dunhuang 831900, China
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Reviewed 21 December 2018

A serene and surreal place in the desert with blooming flowers (when I went in September), a moon-shaped oasis and temples. A must-see in Dunhuang, together with the Mogao Caves, easily accessible from downtown.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank BD_Y1974
Reviewed 20 December 2018

these giant dunes and formations with the view of many camel caravans and and many people striving to the peak of the dunes, suck you to the ancient fantasies and imaginations, although a bit commercial , but not too much.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank NATHAN1909
Reviewed 14 November 2018

the Mingsha sands and the crescent moon lake are both in the same place. so give yourself plenty of time to do both. if you want to hear the sands it will have to be in the early morning or late evening. secondly avoid summer...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Fred L
Reviewed 29 October 2018

I have never been to a desert place, Mingsha mountain is the best place for me to experience and remember for life. Beautiful sand dunes make this area the most impressive picture. As the weather was very hot for us to have a camel ride,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank sy3717
Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

Even there were many people there it was a great activity. It’s only ten minutes by taxi from town and we went there twice. On the first exit you can scan your face and re-enter for free over the following 3 days. Activities include helicopter...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Mister230972
Reviewed 1 October 2018

This area is near to the historical Dunhuang town, a major town along the Silk Road where traders from Xinjiang and Central Asia will stop here before they proceed along the narrow Hexi Corridor valley to Xian. Dunhuang is also where the world renowned Mogao...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank mee shian c
Reviewed 24 September 2018

Beautiful sand dunes, touristy, with camel rides, sand buggy (expensive and you are not trusted to drive your self)) it seems like higher prices for foreigners than locals. But that is just a feeling rather than proof. Nobody speaks english. They just yell louder in...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

Going to Mingsha sand dune, camel ride definitely was the high light for the site. For half hour ride it cost 100 RMB, for 20 RMB more, if you like to have the camel driver take memorable pictures. There are 1800 plus camels there to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 17 August 2018

There were that many people here we decided to see it by a helicopter which was a short but scenic ride.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank PB852014
Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

This is China so you know you are not going to be alone. First at entrance everyone is cutting lines to get a ticket so you must fight your way in. Second ticket costs 120¥, which is really expensive for walking in the sand. You...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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12 February 2018|
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Response from Catlady88 | Reviewed this property |
Hi. Magao grottoes took me 4 hours - 1/2 hour for the introduction movies, 2 hours for the guided tour, another hour for walking around, taking pictures and going back out to the parking area via the shuttle bus. Crescent... More
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Response from Louis K | Reviewed this property |
You can easily design your own tour. Cab from Dunghuang is 10 to 15 yuan. Entrance to Mingsha shan is 80 or 160 yuan. Camel rides are extra same for vehicle rentals. Figure what you like and if you want your admission ticket... More