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Mingsha Mountain and Yueya Spring: Beautiful Scenery in Desert

 2011-04-05    MonuAgrawala    Sights    Dunhuang    3623  

In China, there are a lot of Mountains called Mingsha. But the most famous and representative one is located in Dunhuang, Gansu province because of its culture and scenery reason.

Mingsha Mountain

The first stop I came to Dunhuang was Yueya Spring in Mingsha Mountain. For most of the people live in city, to some extent, the desert feeling came from the novels. So I’ve got the feeling of Mysterious, amazed and a little bit scared about desert. (Ming sha Yueya Spring Scenery Area is really mature scenery, ticket: 120RMB for hot season, 80RMB for low season)

The gate

Mingsha Mountain and Yueya Spring

Not having started the tour, a glider roaring overhead. It’s a tourism project in scenery, which had several flight routes. It cost you several hundred Yuan. A huge stone wrote (Mingsha Mountain). We started the tour from here.

Mingsha Mountain

As famous and mature scenery, there were a flock of camels carrying the visitors walking through different mountains in Mingsha Mt. Yueya Spring. As if we saw the business travelers. Facing the rolling mountain, I didn’t feel lonely and scared, but excited, because I wanted to walk along the ancient people’s footprints, to pursue the Silk Road. 

Mingsha Mountain

Camel is a gentle animal. In break time, they liked lying on the ground, as good as gold.

Mingsha Mountain

We went to Sha Hill with riding on camel, enjoying the beautiful view. Cost: 80 Yuan for riding on camel, sand shoes for 20 Yuan, Route: climbing up Sha Hill at your own expensive: 15 Yuan

Mingsha Mountain

There’s no road in desert. Even if more people would come, it could not become road. The camels and people’s footprints would disappear in a short time. And they will be covered by new footprints. It’s the power of nature

Mingsha Mountain

We heard about that it’s not easy to walk in the desert. The more strength you gave, the easier you would sank. Usually you went forward 3 paces but back 2 paces. You felt exhausted easily. (So a ladder was made here to give convenience to customers. It saved time and powers a lot.)

Mingsha Mountain


Another faster way of sand sliding was sitting on a inflatable pad. And it had the special channel. Of course the price was higher.
On the Peak of Sha Mountain, we saw a really wide and broad view. What a shocking scenery view! That’s the reason why so many travelers come to pay a visit.

What a shock! Yueya Spring appeared suddenly. It’s a great thing to see a beautiful spring in such a desert. Yueya Spring was called “The First Spring in Desert”. The ancient literati were amazed at this Spring. The vegetation deterioration and the soil erosion resulted in an extremely decline in the ground water of Dunhuang. It made the Yueya Spring lack of Water, even there was a time all the Yueya Spring became fully dry. The good news was that in the past several years, Dunhuang city supplied Yueya Spring for water in variety ways, which made it became the how it looks like today.

Yueya Spring

The pavilion on the Yueya Spring

Yueya Spring

An essay about Ming Sha Mountain.

Yueya Spring

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