Dunhuang Mingsha Shan (Echoing Sand Mountain) and Crescent Moon Spring

Dunhuang Mingsha Shan (Echoing Sand Mountain) and Crescent Moon Spring

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The crescent moon lake is a magnificent lake in Dunhuang city. It is quite literally an oasis in the desert. The spring’s name derives from the crescent moon shape the small pool of spring water has taken between two large sand dunes. Although the area is very dry, the pool doesn’t dry up as one might expect. The width between north and south is only 54 meters. It is really a mini lake surrounded by sand.

The Singing Sand Mountains are famous for the sounds the wind makes when blowing over the dunes. Through the ages, by “mountain spring coexistence, sand water paragenesis” (a sign of the scenic spot) the marvelous landscape is celebrated worldwide, with the reputation “a pearl north of the Great Wall”.The length between east and west is 40 km while the south and north is 20km. The Mingsha mountain’s peak is like a knife’s edge. From far away, it looks like a dragon but also resembles mighty waves in the sea .It is really a magnificent sight to behold. In 1994 it is listed as the national key scenic spot. Mt. Mingsha, the crescent moon spring and the Mogao Caves art landscape merges into a whole which has become a popular tourist attraction all around the world.

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