Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain

Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain

Mingsha Shan - Echoing-Sand Mountain
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HKHomers
Hong Kong, China19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Could not believe my eyes. Maybe 1000 or so tourist on camels, in traffic (ehm, camel) jams. Maybe only 5 or so hectares available for tourism; the rest of the Sand Mountains are off-limits. Screaming tourists, even a camel-traffic light, no kidding (See picture enclosed). We did the came ride and climbed up the sand dune/mountain with 17000 other tourists. Truly amazing, truly disappointing.
And did I already mention the helicopters flying over every 8 minutes or so? Sand buggies? Sounds like fun but you can't self-drive unlike e.g. in Dubai or Morocco.

On a separate note; We booked a camp-site close by for the 10 of us. Astonishing experience. Maybe 2000 tourist in a small area with over 500 tents, cordoned off by fences preventing you from entering the sand dunes area. Of course there was a 120db nightshow with KTV style singing and fireworks for sale resulting in additional noise until at least 1am.

Anything positive? If you've never seen sand dunes or rode a camel, by all means do go. But if you, like us, have Dubai/Egypt/etc experience, don't bother.
Written 10 August 2023
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Ian Anderson
Shanghai, China159 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Unashamedly touristy but definitely worth a visit, and close to Dunhuang city, for the beautiful sand dunes and crescent moon lake which somehow never gets covered by sand. Activities include camel riding, hot air balloon, four wheel drive buggies. Snacks available but take water as sun can be blistering and little shade.
Written 7 May 2023
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Joe
Budapest, Hungary3,380 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Friends
The desert can be harsh, difficult and dangerous. But also incredibly beautiful and exciting.

In Gansu province there is a huge desert which is full of life. Not green life but human life. It's become an attraction for fun. Formed around a Cresent Lake, it's become a form of Oasis

You can ride ATV quad vehicles across the sand, admire the sweeping awesome beauty of the sand and skyline. You can ride camels, and even check out the camel crossing which is a surreal sight.

There are also sky activities such as helicopter and gliding. There is more to the desert than just sand
Written 3 October 2022
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C B
Europe73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, China691 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
Singapore, Singapore1,082 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, China48 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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, AZ1,911 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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
Buenos Aires, Argentina65,227 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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