Mingsha Shan, The Singing Sand Dunes
The shifting, windswept dunes of the Taklamakan Desert in the northwest China emit a sound that has been described as "singing" by travelers. The area is about 124,000 square miles in size, and Marco Polo gave this 1000 foot mountain of sand its name, commenting on the mournful wails produced by the wind blowing over the top and said visitors to such landscapes will "hear spirits talking".
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Michael Yamashita is an American photographer who was born in San Francisco, but grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in Asian studies and later went to Japan for seven years. He began working for the National Geographic in 1979. For the past ten years he has specialized in Asia, including China and Tibet. He is also an author of more than nine photographic books, including "Shangri-La [along the tea road to lhasa]", Zheng He: Tracing the Epic Voyages of China’s Greatest Explorer, Japan: The Soul of a Nation, Marco Polo, A Photographer’s Journey, and many others. In addition, his Silk Road series have been revived with China’s Belt & Road initiatives. He has had over 12 exhibits globally on this new “Silk Road Initiative.” He has won numerous awards from the National Press Photographers Association and the Asian American Journalists Association. National Press Photographers Association and the Asian American Journalists Association. He is also a frequent lecturer and conducts workshops across Asia and the United States.