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Mingsha Mountain

Address: 5 KM of South Dunhuang City, Dunhuang, China
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Ranked #6 of 39 Attractions in Dunhuang
Type: Geologic Formations, Mountains, Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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Type: Geologic Formations, Mountains, Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Leesburg, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The sand dunes are the highest I have ever seen, incredible sight! Since we were there in May, not too many tourists yet and not too hot. The view of the dunes in the evening and early morning was a sight to behold! The small moon shaped lake is unusual and a big surprise if you haven't seen it already... More 

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Los Angeles
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

I highly recommend going with the camels. It's for under $20 USD. Then walk for a bit to see the Crescent Lake.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Visiting Mingsha Shan was the highlight of the trip. The dunes were something to behold I was there around the third week of August and it was scorching hot. It is best to visit in the morning even though some guidebooks recommend an afternoon visit. I was not too adventurous to walk to the summit so I took the camel... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

always thought deserts are forlorn sandy places with only camels but this is an experience never to forget. Have climbed mountains, rocks but never a sand mountain and the incredible sight after you get on top of this is exhilarating. If not for the people and the noise it would not be an experience as the sheer joy of sharing... More 

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6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

Multiple extra costs if you go with a tour. You don't need to hire the boots or the camels or the jeep or the quad bike. You can walk up the dunes without all the extra costs. Wear sandals with good soles. You'll pay if you want to slide down on a sledge and you won't hear the 'singing sounds'... More 

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Clive, Iowa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

As a 63 year old first time traveler to China I found the Mingsha Mountain, with its camel ride a wonderful expereince. Yes, there were some irritations, there were many people, as there are all over China, but over all it was fantastic. The end of the camel trek takes one to the Crescent Spring Oasis which is a marvel... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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202 helpful votes 202 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2010

This has to be the biggest rip-off in China. It is overrun with sandboarders, gliders, camel riders and RVs with no real redeeming features. If you take the path to the left or 1KM you can come out into the sand dunes and climb them without tourists and get the views of the dunes running away into the distance for... More 

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