Dunhuang: Oasis City in Dessert

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Dunhuang, a famous city since 2000 years ago. Zhang Qian, a foreign affair officer went to Xiyu(western region) and from then on Dunhuang has been a key point in Silk Road.

When you see the sea you will feel happy and jump into the water.

While you see the dessert you will feel ultimately happy an jump on the ground.

Mingsha Hill, meaning Sand Sounding, locates in the south of Dunhuang City. It is at  the border of Kumtag Desert and one of the four famous dessert hills in China.

Mingsha Hill
Mingsha Hill

I saw many camels.

Camel Riding
Camel Riding
Camel Riding
Camel Riding

I wanted to try a ride so I came to camel rest place.

Camels
Camels

Yeah I got on the camel #29. Riding on a camel is like riding on a horse. You have to keep balance carefully.

Camels Riding
Camels Riding
Mingsha Hill
Mingsha Hill

Then I decided to go to the top of the hill. There is a stair for visitors to save your precious energy.

Climbing Mingsha Hill
Climbing Mingsha Hill

After 15 minutes I was on the top of the hill.

Mingsha Hill
Mingsha Hill

The dessert’s color turned to red.

Mingsha Hill
Mingsha Hill

At around 20:00 Beijing Time, we could see the sunset.

sunset in Mingsha Hill
sunset in Mingsha Hill

At the bottom Yueya Spring(New Moon) has illumination on and it was beautiful.

Yueya Spring in the evening
Yueya Spring in the evening

Not far away Dunhuang City began to light up.

city view in the evening
city view in the evening

To access Mingsha Hill, my recommendation is to take a taxi and it costs only 15 RMB. There is also a bus to city center every 1 hour.

These years visitors going to Dunhuang has been increasing.

You can take a flight from Beijing, Xian, Shanghai and other major cities of China.

For young people the recommended is taking a car trip around Qinghai Lake and then spend 2 days in Dunhuang.

There is also railway connection with outsides.

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