The mountain is five kilometers (about three miles) away from the city of Dunhuang, China. Seen from afar, the mountain is just like a golden dragon winding its way over the horizon.
On days when a strong wind blows, the fast shifting sand roars; but when the wind is a light breeze, the sand produces a gentle musical sound.
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 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.
Encircled by the mountain, there is 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 its historical record, the lake has been in existence for hundreds of years without ever being buried by the sand and it is really a geological wonder.
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