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Echoing-Sand Mountain

The Echoing-Sand Mountain is so called because if one person is slide down its slopes, he can hear the echoes to the sound of sand. And in this desert, one could enjoy the beautifulEcho-ng-sand Mountain scene: a spring shaped as a crescent located in the desert.

Echoing-Sand Mountain is five kilometers (about three miles) away from the city of Dunhuang. Seen from afar, the mountain is just like a golden dragon winding its way over the horizon. As you approach you become aware that the sand has many colors including red, yellow, green, black and white. On days when a strong wind blows, the fast shifting sand roars; but when the wind is little more than a light breeze, the sand produces gentle, dulcet sounds akin to music. It is the same when you are sliding down the mountainside. At first, the sand under your feet just whispers; but the further you slide, the louder the sound will be until it reaches a crescendo like thunder or a drum beat. Some say that the sand is singing, while to others it is like an echo and this is how the mountain gets its name.

There is a legend saying the reason of the sound of Echoing-Sand Mountain. In ancient times, a general with many soldiers came here to fight with their enemies. When they were engaged in a fierce battle, a great gust of wind buried all the warriors in the sand then the sand mountain was formed. But the war was not ended but continuted. Thus, the sound you hear is said to be the roar of the soldiers. However, the real cause is the friction and static created as the wind shifts the sand or you slip down the mountainside.

Encircled by Echoing-Sand Mountain, there is the Crescent Lake so called because of its shape. The water in the lake is so pure and sweet that it looks like an emerald set in the sand. Many of the visitors who have made their way down the mountain like to drink from the lake. According to historical records, the lake has been in existence for hundreds of years without ever being buried by the sand; it is really a geological wonder.


Echoing-Sand Mountain Tour

It is possible to climb it on foot or, if you prefer, on the back of a camel. It is also possible to take a sand bath treatment. Today, Echoing-Sand Mountain is listed as a key national scenic spot. The tourists could appreciate the splendid environment consisting of golden sand, a wondrous mountain, a tranquil lake and a beautiful sunset, etc..

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