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Crescent Moon Pool

5km South of Dunhuang, Dunhuang 736200, China
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5km South of Dunhuang, Dunhuang 736200, China
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

This area is very popular with locals and tourists alike. It offers a selection of options to lighten your wallet. Ride a camel, drive an atv around a track, get a ride over the dunes in a helicopter or paraglider. You can also slide down...More

Thank mysurp
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

A bit overdone, but the location is phenomenal. Set in the midst of the sand dunes in the great desert. Hard to believe that there is still water/lake in the middle of the desert. Worth seeing if visiting Dunhuang.

Thank nvlinks
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Looks like an amusement park! Helicopter and power glider flights, camel rides as well as sand dune slides are major attractions. Seems no-one worries that level of spring is dropping as higher population drains more of the aquafier make cresent moon ever smaller.

Thank Herb S
Reviewed 22 August 2016

This was certainly a unique geological phenomenon. With the shifting sand dunes one woukld expect that the lake would eventually fill up with sand and dry up, but due to wind currents no sand enters the water and the lake remains, as pristine as ever....More

Thank HomelessEastCoast
Reviewed 28 July 2016

No water now and becoming very small... Cannot compare the fact to the old pictures or any records seen before.

Thank Shuyuan Z
Reviewed 11 July 2016

Crescent lake is nice -a natural oasis among the sand dunes but there is more at this site. You can climb up a 100 meter sand dune and slide down on a sled (almost like bungi jumping. You can ride camels through the desert, take...More

Thank Russ J
Reviewed 29 June 2016

It's very touristy here but if you embrace it and just join in you can have a great afternoon. We joined the camel ride 100RMB for an hour which is very good but the camel doesn't take you to the lake, it takes you up...More

Thank bethzhang
Reviewed 22 June 2016

Arrived at the site and promptly mounted a camel expecting a great view of the lake. Don't be fooled, only half the camels seem to get to the top, the others, including mine were turned around and made our way down again! The lady leading...More

1  Thank MarkMcG1956
Reviewed 20 May 2016

As part of a group tour we recently visited the MingSha Sand Dunes and the Crescent Moon Lake. The Sand Dunes are impressive there but the Lake, alas, is dwindling. What remains of the spring-fed oasis has been landscaped and 'decorated', resulting in a disney-like...More

Thank emmaybee
Reviewed 4 May 2016

This oasis is a wonder in Dunhuang, never dried up. Climbing up the MingShaSan nearby and you'll enjoy the amazing bird's eye view of this fantastic Pool.

Thank Sharby
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