Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain

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Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain

Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain
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C B
Europe70 contributions
Tickets are good for three days
Jun 2021
We really enjoyed the striking views of the sand dunes. The entrance fee is 100 RM, but the ticket is actually good for three days, so you can come back at sunset and sunrise if you want. Once you are inside, you have an option to take a bus to the base of a dune for a small fee, or to take a camel ride, or rent an ATV. We choose none of the above and simply walked. slightly off the main bath was a path thru some greenery which was much cooler. On the main dune they have set wires in the sand to give you a little traction going up. There are plenty of concessions within the park and you can wander about as much as you want. According to the signage their is no worries about erosion of the dune because so much sand gets blown up every day.
Written 14 July 2021
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jtaylor946
Guangzhou, China677 contributions
Great experience!
Jan 2021 • Couples
We just spent 8 days traveling around Gansu province and this was one of the highlights. We visited at around 3pm and stayed there for a couple of hours. First, the views are absolutely incredible, especially from the top of the sand dune. We walked around for a little while and then took the camel ride. It costs ¥100 per person and the ride took around 45 minutes. We are budget travelers, so we were a little hesitant about paying for it at first, but it was definitely worth it. You can also pay ¥20 for the guide to take photos for you. I would recommend doing this, especially if you want some nice photos to remember the experience. They take the camels out in groups of 5 and they seem to treat them well from what I could tell.

After the camel ride, we climbed to the top of one of the sand dunes. It’s a pretty tough climb, but there’s a rope ladder to help you get a better grip in the sand. If you walk up without this, your feet will keep getting stuck in the sand. We spent around half an hour or so at the top taking photos and enjoying the beautiful views. There was a guy with a dune buggy at the top offering rides to people who were interested. We didn’t try it, so I’m not sure how much it costs.

Like most tourist places in China, it is heavily commercialized, so go there with this in mind and try and have an idea of what you would like your trip to be like in advance to avoid disappointment. We visited during the off-peak season, so it wasn’t too crowded.
Written 31 December 2020
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Stephen C
1,055 contributions
Fun experience
Oct 2020 • Couples
This place turned out to be a lot more fun than I anticipate. We set off early to try to avoid the crowds. Even though this was just after the October Holidays, there was still a lot of people for 8:30 AM arrival.

Our first stop was the camel ride. For 100 RMB this is well worth the experience. The guides will set off in groups of five. The entire journey is about one hour. Along the way the guide offered to take photo with the our camera for 20 RMB. We took the offer and she took plenty of good photos.

Next stop is to the Crescent Moon Spring. The view from the ground level is OK but if you really want to see the spring and the pavillion that is next to it, you will have to climb up the sand dunes.

The climb is well worth it as the view from up there is fantastic. We used the rope ladders they were laid on the floor and that really helped our climb . Coming down is a lot easier as we just use gravity.

All in all, this is a fun outing and do set aside at least 3 hours to enjoy the place.
Written 11 October 2020
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kikiadvisor69
Wuhan, China47 contributions
Not the experience that I expected but still beautiful !
Jul 2020 • Couples
The dunes fields is huge and beautiful. But only one entry access to this beautiful natural area therefore it is like an amusement park.
It is beautiful but experience could be much better if not only concentrates in one area.
There is only one spot to go and only one dune to climb.
Even if it is hot , go around 3:00 pm or really early in the morning. After 5 pm it is very crowded.!! Very crowded.
To enjoy better views , go really to the top ( you can walk on the top of the first dune). Also some buggy will bring you further away in the Dunes.
Written 1 August 2020
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AZCasualTraveler
Mesa, AZ1,794 contributions
Great Experience and Scenery at Mingsha (Echo Sand) Dunes
Oct 2019
Mingsha (Echo Sand) Dunes is a must see place to visit while in the Dunhuang China area - in addition to visiting the Mogao Grottoes (Caves). The backdrop scenery of the HUGE sand dunes is quite stunning - closely rivaling the Sahara Sand Dunes in Morocco.

In addition to the scenery of the Dunes, another must thing to do is the camel ride through the desert here. It was fun riding the camel and with the backdrop scenery of the Dunes, fantastic photo can be had with this activity. Another popular activity here is hiking up a giant sand dune hill that is specially set-up for the climb up. there are specially made steps that are tied together to make it easier for hiking or walking up the sand dune - nice!

Also, there is the Crescent Moon Lake area that is also located in this same area for the camel ride and sand dune hiking. The Crescent Moon Lake is not very large (due to drought conditions, I am told), but is still quite picturesque to have this lake in the desert area - like an oasis in the desert. I believe that this "oasis" in the desert possibly served just that - a water oasis during the China Silk Road crossing.

Very worth while visit.
Written 18 January 2020
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Shouchuan C
68 contributions
The beauty is spoiled.
Nov 2019 • Friends
Although it is one of the most beautiful experience visiting the desert and the precious lake - Yue-ya spring, the service counter did not present their best to the visitors. I had terrible experience Enquiry the ticket counter and neither they presented the same attitude to the local visitors. Maybe, the service team are exhausted. That’s all I can guess.
Written 5 December 2019
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KodoDrummer
Yekaterinburg, Russia64,030 contributions
Fun camel riding
Oct 2019
It was a desert experience, to ride a camel again, but this time one with a double hump. Our group had fun romping around in the sand, walking up the ladder on the sand, and lying in the sand and making butterfly designs. Lots of good photo ops.
Written 30 October 2019
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Artsnob021
Westerville, OH59 contributions
Surprisingly fun!
Oct 2019
As part of our tour, we got to ride camels at the dunes. I have to admit this had never been high on my bucket list, but it turned out to be fun! We rode the 2-humped camels, which I'm guessing were more comfortable than the others. It's very well-organized, and our group of 5 was led by a guide. He stopped us at one point to take pictures, which turned out great. The only downside was that there was some dissent at the end of our ride - I believe he thought that he should get a bigger tip than he did! Looking a gift camel in the mouth?
Written 27 October 2019
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DorothyCheong
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,267 contributions
Beautiful Sand Dunes
Oct 2019
I am amazed with the upkeep of this beautiful Mingsha Sand Dunes with the thousands of camels and Crescent Moon Lake.
Though it was Golden Week, but the crowd is still bearable.
We had a first time experience camel ride on the sand mountain which was quite scary but a good try. They only accept cash (rmb) for the camel ride which many were caught unaware. Shoe protector for rmb15 is a must to prevent the sand from going into our shoes.
The whole landscape is amazing with the fine sand dunes.
Written 23 October 2019
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Mass_travlr
Mass city, MA30 contributions
Huge disappointment
Oct 2019
Be prepared to empty your wallet for very little value. Yes, the sand dunes are high and clean looking, but everything else is over-commercialized with faux Chinese pavilions that were obviously recently built especially for the tourists. In a way you have to admire the Chinese ability to rake in money from their natural resources.
Written 20 October 2019
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