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Not far from 'downtown' Dunhuang are these enormous sand dunes, which are lots of fun to trek around in, and the scenery is fantastic. When we were there, there was an 80 Yuan admission fee, which was absurdly high, so we didn't go in the main entrance. Instead, figuring that no-one can put a fence around a desert, we walked a few hundred metres away, and through some wonderful and shaded pear orchards, until we found the end of the fence, and walked into the dunes area. The Chinese tourists, naturally, all went up and paid the fee. The trend in China seems to be that if you put a fence around a mountain, and call it a scenic spot, people will flock there and pay through their noses to get in to that exclusive area; don't bother, the surroundings are usually just as nice.

Off in the distance is Crescent Moon Lake, which is a spring lake that is always present, and that is the main draw, but there's no real need to pay to see it.

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  • Copyright: Andre Holdrinet (Andre-H) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 11 N: 222] (1271)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2004-09-19
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/4.3, 1/2000 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2006-01-09 22:43
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