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Mingsha Shan & Yueya Quan, Dunhuang, China
The setting may seem like a mirage at first: A fresh water spring in the shape of a crescent moon set in the middle of vast echoing sand mountains along the famous Silk Route. But it’s not. Climb up the dunes surrounding the lake, and when the wind is a little more than a light breeze, you’ll hear the sand produce a musical tone. Slide down the dune and the sound of a thunderous drum roll will soon engulf your ears.