"MINGSHA DUNES - DUNHUANGThese..." Xi'an Favorite Tip by SirRichard

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Favorite thing: <BR><font color=red><font size=+1>MINGSHA DUNES - DUNHUANG</font></font><BR>
These dunes are well-known in China. There is a legend that tells of a Chinese general and his army who were heading to the Western Regions when they decided to make camp at the base of the huge dune. The enemy discovered them and attacked the camp in the middle of the night. The army beat its drums to wake the troops, but as soon as the fighting started, a fierce wind came off the mountain and buried both armies alive. It is said that even today <font color=red>one can hear the beating of drums as the wind blows across the dunes</font>. The name Mingshashan
means 'singing sand mountain.' Marco Polo had stopped here and referred to these dunes as the 'rumbling sands.'
Despite the 70 Celsius sand temperature, the extremely steep inclines, and the laboring steps through the sand, <font color=red>it was fun to climb to the top of the dune</font> and walk along the ridge, but a bit exhausting. But the way down was MUCH FASTER: running down fron a huge dune is a big pleasure. I did it again recently in Namibia, in Dune 45, and I loooooove it.

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  • Updated Aug 25, 2002
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