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“Disneyland in the dunes”
Review of Crescent Moon Pool

Crescent Moon Pool
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Dunhuang Private Day Tour including Mogao...
Ranked #3 of 53 things to do in Dunhuang
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 10 October 2017

This is just on the edge of Dunhuang and has been turned into a theme park with camel rides, sand dune slides, special coverings for your shoes to keep the sand out for a fee (you never walk on the sand because of the board walks) and so on.
The crescent pool was thoroughly underwhelming.
I was with a group and was bored to tears. But then those who have never had a camel ride enjoyed the experience. The sand dunes were magnificent notwithstanding the people and camels clambering all over them. The local Chinese tourists also seemed to be having a whale of a time. Perhaps it is just me :)

Thank Archaeobuff
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

The crescent shape is easy to see and the temple provides an excellent setting, even though it was (re-)built relatively recently.... its amazing how destructive the cultural revolution actually was! The new building is at least a replica of the original and this is where the late 19th century explorers stated

Thank ArtyGr
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Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

Highly recommend to visit this at least two times, one in the early morning and one in the late evening; enter the park before 7am to ride the camel to view the sunrise, and then enter around 6pm to view the sunset from the top of the sand mountain. The ticket is for multiple entrance.

1  Thank Jeff C
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Reviewed 29 September 2017

Very happen to have gone, scratched off another place on my bucket list.
It's totally surreal, as it's a green oasis surrounded by high sand dunes.
Definitely worth visiting if your ever in China

Thank kmn5
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Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

This is one of the oasis along the Silk Road,the name comes from the shape like a half moon

Thanks to the barricade imposed by the xinjiang authority, the outer half of the lake is closed off,otherwise it will be filled by people again

The sand dunes,water,pagoda ,the corn field creates a beautiful
Scene for photography

After the camel ride,the climb up to the sand dunes,it is a beautiful place to sit on the sand and relax

Thank Allan & Amy T
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