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Early this morning we scaled a giant sand dune outside of Dunhuang. Some of these dunes are over 1700 meters. The dune summit rewarded us with a great view of the "Crescent Lake," a natural oasis created from spring water trickling into the huge depression between the dunes.
Scaling the sand dunes of Dunhuang.
Crescent Lake View (it's more of a pond but here in the desert anything over pool size is a lake).
Bactrian (two-humped) camels and their herders will give you a ride to the dunes for 20 yuan ($2.50). That's a fortune around here, so we walked.