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Crescent Moon Pool

5km South of Dunhuang, Dunhuang 736200, China
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Ranked #3 of 41 attractions in Dunhuang
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Hot Springs/ Geysers
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Foshan, China
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

You never imagine to find an oasis with a pagoda in the middle of the desert! I can say one of my favorites places I've been! Amazing!

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Los Angeles
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Started with the camel riding up the hill/mountain, walked up a bit higher, then slid down, and ride the camel back down, then walk all the way to this Crescent Moon Pool. I didn't enter, just stayed outside and took some pictures. Then climbed up the hill/mountain to take more pictures with crescent Moon Pool in the background. It's a... More

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Shenzhen, China
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110 reviews 110 reviews
63 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

This is a disappearing marvel. The water level is decreasing and this may disappear without help. The surrounding desert is an amazing display of dunes which really sets the scene for travellers.

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Jan Juc, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

The Crescent Moon Lake was a great respite from the heat and sand of the surrounding dunes. After a pleasant camel ride and a wild slide down the side of an enormous sand dune on an inflated tyre, within minutes you can be sitting in the tranquil surrounds of a Buddhist temple by an astonishing crescent shaped lake. You can... More

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Xi'an, China
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

The Crescent Lake in DunHuang is embraced by so many sand dunes. the water there used to be much bigger, but since in the days of People's Commune, local authority had pump put in to drain water out for irrigation, this made the water level in this beautiful Spring starting going down. Visitors come here may enjoy climbing up to... More

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Tampa, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Wow, what a unique sight- in the middle of the Gobi desert, this Crescent Moon Pool stands in all its glory. Very serene, magical and out of this world. Great place for a respite after a long camel's ride in the desert

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Hong Kong, China
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Glittering golden sand ridges towering as high as 90m and at the bottom of this is a crystal clear blue spring which is never known to dry up inspite of being surrounded by towering sand dunes. The camel ride is an adventure in itself. A dozen or more camels pull together like a desert caravan up the meandering sand ridges.... More

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London
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

Amazing scenery - being from the UK, seeing a desert like this doesn't look real. After a sore first experience on the Quads - details below - we headed to the Crescent Moon Lake which looks lovely but don't expect to have it to yourself (as with many parts of the dunes). We then kicked back and enjoyed the views... More

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

This place is really beautiful but for the 120yuan entrance fee it's worth having the day exploring the desert as well. We decided to get as far into the desert as possible and watch the sunset it was stunning and a fantastic experience. We then camped out overnight under the stars grorgipud and definate must, take loads of water and... More

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Los Angeles, California
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35 attraction reviews
201 helpful votes 201 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

We visited the pool at the end of our camel ride (wonderful). It must have been fabulous during the era of the Silk Road to see an oasis like this tucked into edge of the sand dunes. Now, the pool is very small, and not so impressive. However, there is a pagoda built next to it (with Western bathrooms), that... More

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