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"DUNHUANG : MINGSHA SHAN & CRESCENT-MOON LAKE" Dunhuang Things to Do Tip by swesn

Dunhuang Things to Do: 35 reviews and 72 photos

  Crescent Moon Lake at Ming Sha sand dunes
by swesn

The entrance fee to visit the Mingsha Shan (Singing Sand Mountains) and Yueya Quan (Crescent Moon Lake) is now Y50. If you feel it is worth it, by all means, go the legitimate way.

If not, there are ways to walk around the farm-lands and cross onto the sand dunes FOR FREE. To hike up the incredible sand dunes is tough work but the view from the top where you can see the crescent-shaped lake in a depression between the dunes is well worth it. You will have a much better view than someone who paid Y50 and made a camel ride to the lake.

Go in time for sun-set. But at this time, it also means there is no bus back to Dunhuang.

Hey, it is just 6km away. Walk back (though I admit, it is VERY DARK) and enjoy the stars along the way.

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  • Written Nov 28, 2003
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