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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
Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, United States
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Singapore, Singapore
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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 NEW

Crowded with tourists. The pool's surrounding was also heavily decorated with vegetations intentionally planted. I admit that if I had chanced upon this in the middle of the desert, it would have been the most brilliant thing. But with all the prior hype and anticipation, it was a little underwhelming.

Thank mkxw
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Based on the mud around the lake it looks as though the lake has been forced into the Crescent shape. The buildings beside it are modern and mainly contain shops - although they are attractively built. Not worth a visit other than as part of a trip to Singing/Echoing sands.

Thank Kittykat821
Wolfe Island, Canada
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27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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..

Thank Kim M
Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, United States
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57 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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.

Thank AllanZ2000
Xi'an, China
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46 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 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 

Thank Toureasy c
Kuching, Malaysia
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52 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 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.

Thank Sarawaklaksa
George Town, Malaysia
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73 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 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 

Thank Daniel W
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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15 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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 

Thank Hayden423432q4
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36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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.

1 Thank May Ping C
Taipei, Taiwan
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197 reviews
181 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 253 helpful votes
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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