Mingsha Shan (Echo Sand Mountain) Park, Dunhuang, China, Dunhuang

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Trek through a vast sandy desert of Mingsha Shan (Echo Sand Mountain) Park, Dunhuang, China. Close to a main city and not prone to harsh weather, the environment offers a perfect opportunity for tourists to experience an arid landscape. Choose from various trails, traversable by foot or camel. As you explore, listen for the roar of the desert--a gentle wind bouncing off the sand often produces a harmonic tone, while walking down the dunes can result in a sound resembling loud thunder. Put Mingsha Shan (Echo Sand Mountain) Park, Dunhuang, China at the forefront of your travel plans using our Dunhuang trip itinerary planner .
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  • I have been to a number of deserts but the sand dunes here are huge. Very beautiful to behold. The fact that some areas have been cordoned off so that tourists can't walk all over the place has both p...  more »
  • One of the highlights of our 3 1/2 week Silk Road trip. I've ridden one-hump dromedary camels several times, but this was my first experience riding a two-hump Bactrian camel. The Bactrian is a better...  more »
  • We left Dunhuang to go to Mingsha Shan in a taxi. As per other reviews, it was 15 RMB to get there, though the return taxi charged us 20. We went 25th of October at about 10 am. There were a few peopl...  more »

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Where to stay in Dunhuang

An oasis in the desert, Dunhuang has a history of providing a place to stay for its weary travelers. Take a look across the city center for some fairly grand hotels, a few more ordinary ones, a couple of stylish boutiques, and a number of hostels and guesthouses, providing budget-friendly simplicity. Riverside locations have particularly attractive views, while accommodations towards the city's outskirts give the feeling of being right out there in the desert, with sandbanks on all sides.
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