Two thousand years has passed, the ringing sound of busy camel trains had disappeared and the bustle of sellers in the markets is completely gone. With the decline of the Silk Road, Yumen Pass has lost its historic function. Now it is only a rectangular castle standing in the Gobi desert, bearing few traces of human activity for its remoteness. Because of severe erosion, some parts of the walls have collapsed, forming huge holes. However, the vast golden dunes of the Singing Sand (Mingsha) Mountains to the south of Yumen Pass are the highlights of the desolate desert, with the beautiful Crescent Spring known as the eye of the desert.
With 4 hours` drive from Dunhuang, Yumen Pass is a worth visiting place only to those who understand the historic significance of it, visiting and pondering on the past.
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