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Mingsha Hill & Crescent Moon Spring


* History: unkown
* Distance from downtown: 5Km /0.1Hours Drive
* Entrance fee:RMB 120
* Open Hours:  9:00--18:00
* Address: 5 Kilometers away from Dunhuang City * TEL: 0937-8882087
* Best visiting time: May--Oct

Mingsha Hill & Crescent Moon Spring
Mingsha Hill & Crescent Moon Spring
Mingsha Hill & Crescent Moon Spring
Mingsha Hill & Crescent Moon Spring
Mingsha Hill & Crescent Moon Spring
Mingsha Hill & Crescent Moon Spring
Mingsha Hill & Crescent Moon Spring
Mingsha Hill & Crescent Moon Spring
Mingsha Hill & Crescent Moon Spring
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Located .5 km to the south of city proper of Dunhuang, it is famous for the wonder of coexistence between hill and spring as well as sand and water. With unique views of northern-frontier scenery, it was listed state-level major scenic areas in 1994. Accumulated with drifting sand, Mingsha Hill extends 40 km from the cliff top of. Mogao Grottoes in the east to Danghe Reservoir in the west. The hill is piled with rice-shaped sand of red, low, green, black and white colors. Sands produce sounds with friction, so that the hill is named Mingsha, which means “singing sand”.

Crescent Moon Spring is at the north foot of Mingsha Hill, extending 300 meters from east to west and 50 meters from south to north. With a water depth of 5 meters, the spring looks like a new moon, hence got the name “Crescent Moon Spring”. Though encircled by Mingsha Hill, the spring is not buried by drifting sand. It is always rippling with green wavelets with cool and sweet spring water, which won’t overflow from a long rain nor dry up from a long drought. The hill and clear water form a wonderful view.

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