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Crescent Moon Pool

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Address: 5km South of Dunhuang, Dunhuang 736200, China
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such beautiful place

Such beautiful place. There is water in the middle of the desert. You walk in and the civilization just disappears. have to go back again.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 7, 2015
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Wolfe Island, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Don't let the photos fool you - this place is overcrowded. The quaint buildings in the photos are actually snack bars, souvenir shops etc. crawling with people. We thought this was going to be the highlight of our Silk Road tour and it was a crushing disappointment. Ruined by commercialism. This is an amusement park not a nature park..

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Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Such beautiful place. There is water in the middle of the desert. You walk in and the civilization just disappears. have to go back again.

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Xi'an, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Crescent Moon Pool is located in the Mingsha Mountain and it is actually a man-made pool. Water in the pool is not so much clear but the view is very beautiful under the sunshine. I like to seat near the pool to enjoy sunset. And we pretty enjoy that afternoon we spend there. The best visiting is May to October.... More 

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Kuching, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

This is where you could see where the desert meets the oasis in the most spectacular fashion. A spring in the middle of the sand dunes and a temple build on the side of it. the scenery is breath-taking.

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George Town, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015 via mobile

I read the other reviews with pros and cons. My take is if you make it all the way to Mingsha desert, it's still worth your Money to detour to Crescent moon. It's all in the entrance ticket of 120yuan. What I liked about this oasis was the opportunity to shoot good photos (shared here), I came across friendly locals... More 

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

You can get here on a bus in town, not far from where the Mogaoku bus returns to. They let you leave your excess stuff in a locker for free and the office is a nice air-conditioned place. I forget how much the ticket cost, but they had student discounts. The camel rides and all that aren't really worth it,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

One of nearest places in China to experience the desert. Went there in Apr & the weather was comfortable, not blazing hot during the high noon. This oasis is a long walk from the attraction entrance & a camel ride will get you there.

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Taipei, Taiwan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Situated in the Gobi Desert for over 2,000 years, the Crescent Spring (月牙泉, Yueyaquan, also known as Crescent Moon Pool and Crescent Lake) is located about 6 km (3.73 mi) south of Dunhuang city, Gansu. This incredible and beautiful oasis is the reason why the Silk Road chose it as the gateway to its western neighbors. Ancient Dunhuang was the... More 

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Let's start off by saying that this is a tourist attraction in China. So keep you expectations of a lonely desert adventure in check. For that you need to book a desert trek or follow the hint at the bottom. It is essential a sandy theme park where activities and equipment can be rented. Here you can go on a... More 

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Leawood, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This is located inside the MingSha Shan Park, so I will only be reviewing the pool in this review. I was told that the actual pool dried up and the government delivered water to the pool. There are fences but you can easily slip through them, for they are mostly destroyed.

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