The Singing Sand Mountain
The Singing Sand Mountain is known as one of the Eight Great Landscapes of Dunhuang and one of the Four Great Singing Sands of China. It is located on the Silk Road, 6 kilometers south of downtown Dunhuang and completely piled by sands, the mountain stretches for 40 km in length and 20 kilometers in width respectively, with the highest point reaching 250 meters. When there is wild wind, the sands will be blown up and make loud sound, while the sound sounds like being produced by some ancient musical instrument when blew by breeze, hence the name. The best time for visiting Dunhuang is from May to September. People will not only enjoy the beauty of sunset but also can try different exciting activity such as sand skii etc. The visiting of Singing Sand Mountain is usually arranged together with Crescent lake as a half day tour.