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Crescent Moon Pool

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Address: 5km South of Dunhuang, Dunhuang 736200, China
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Sand in your shoes

We went to Crescent Moon Spring in mid October 2015 with a tour group on camel ride. After you disembark you walk straight to the toilet on the left side of the path leading to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 1, 2015
Richmond, Canada

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Richmond, Canada
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43 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

We went to Crescent Moon Spring in mid October 2015 with a tour group on camel ride. After you disembark you walk straight to the toilet on the left side of the path leading to the Crescent Moon Pool. Outside the toilet there are benches for you to take off your shoes and rid yourselves of sand while walking on... More 

Thank hansonlau
Chicago, Illinois
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179 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

A never dried pool in the middle of a desert is amazing. The view was much better from afar for photos. China is overcrowded with people, and this is no exception, thus distracts from the beauty of the site. Once again, the recommendation would be to go either early or late in the day to avoid most of the crowd.... More 

Thank FYL003
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27 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015 via mobile

It is way too commercialized. Nothing really fun there as you will only see dozens of people running around, camals caravans which are as long as you can look. It's not too much fun, as it is so crowded. It turned out to be a waste of money.

Thank Simone G
Singapore, Singapore
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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

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 10 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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33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015 via mobile

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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63 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 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 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 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 41 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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77 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 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

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