We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Crescent Moon Pool

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 5km South of Dunhuang, Dunhuang 736200, China
Today
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 12:00 am

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 171 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 84
    Excellent
  • 55
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
an oasis in the desert

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
Sarawaklaksa
,
Kuching, Malaysia
Add Photo Write a Review

171 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Xi'an, China
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
27 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kuching, Malaysia
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
17 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
George Town, Malaysia
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
19 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Taipei, Taiwan
Top Contributor
179 reviews 179 reviews
163 attraction reviews
208 helpful votes 208 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 6
Shanghai, China
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Beijing, China
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Carmichael, California
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

It has almost dried up. It is still fun to imagine what it was like and the efforts China is making to restore the level of water.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Shanghai, China
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
32 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

First tip - don't go straight to the entrance gate and pay, go to the left about 50m and through a hole in the fence with all the locals. Free. Second tip - don't wait until midday in the middle of summer to climb up the highest sand dune. I did, and would you believe it, someone was following me.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2

Travelers who viewed Crescent Moon Pool also viewed

 

Been to Crescent Moon Pool? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Crescent Moon Pool staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?