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A serene and surreal place in the desert with blooming flowers (when I went in September), a moon-shaped oasis and temples. A must-see in Dunhuang, together with the Mogao Caves, easily accessible from downtown.
these giant dunes and formations with the view of many camel caravans and and many people striving to the peak of the dunes, suck you to the ancient fantasies and imaginations, although a bit commercial , but not too much.
the Mingsha sands and the crescent moon lake are both in the same place. so give yourself plenty of time to do both.
if you want to hear the sands it will have to be in the early morning or late evening.
secondly avoid summer...More
I have never been to a desert place, Mingsha mountain is the best place for me to experience and remember for life. Beautiful sand dunes make this area the most impressive picture. As the weather was very hot for us to have a camel ride,...More
Even there were many people there it was a great activity. It’s only ten minutes by taxi from town and we went there twice. On the first exit you can scan your face and re-enter for free over the following 3 days. Activities include helicopter...More
This area is near to the historical Dunhuang town, a major town along the Silk Road where traders from Xinjiang and Central Asia will stop here before they proceed along the narrow Hexi Corridor valley to Xian. Dunhuang is also where the world renowned Mogao...More
Beautiful sand dunes, touristy, with camel rides, sand buggy (expensive and you are not trusted to drive your self)) it seems like higher prices for foreigners than locals. But that is just a feeling rather than proof. Nobody speaks english. They just yell louder in...More
Going to Mingsha sand dune, camel ride definitely was the high light for the site.
For half hour ride it cost 100 RMB, for 20 RMB more, if you like to have the camel driver take memorable pictures. There are 1800 plus camels there to...More
This is China so you know you are not going to be alone.
First at entrance everyone is cutting lines to get a ticket so you must fight your way in.
Second ticket costs 120¥, which is really expensive for walking in the sand.
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Hi. Magao grottoes took me 4 hours - 1/2 hour for the introduction movies, 2 hours for the guided tour, another hour for walking around, taking pictures and going back out to the parking area via the shuttle bus. Crescent... More
Hi. Magao grottoes took me 4 hours - 1/2 hour for the introduction movies, 2 hours for the guided tour, another hour for walking around, taking pictures and going back out to the parking area via the shuttle bus. Crescent Lake and Mingsha Shan are in the same location and I spent 3 hours there. Yardan Geopark is at least two hours away from Dunhuang so it takes a day. Don't forget the night market.
You can easily design your own tour. Cab from Dunghuang is 10 to 15 yuan. Entrance to Mingsha shan is 80 or 160 yuan. Camel rides are extra same for vehicle rentals. Figure what you like and if you want your admission ticket... More
You can easily design your own tour. Cab from Dunghuang is 10 to 15 yuan. Entrance to Mingsha shan is 80 or 160 yuan. Camel rides are extra same for vehicle rentals. Figure what you like and if you want your admission ticket allows you a revisit for two more days. As far as hotels go I would chose one with breakfast included it saves a lot of time in the morning. I stayed at the Carnival Boutique Hotel and was very pleased.Don't forget about the caves and the museum is interesting.