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Crescent Moon Pool

Address: 5km South of Dunhuang, Dunhuang 736200, China
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Ranked #3 of 42 things to do in Dunhuang
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Hot springs & geysers, Nature & Parks
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Type: Hot springs & geysers, Nature & Parks
Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 12:00 am

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George Town, Malaysia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
19 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

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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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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.

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Taipei, Taiwan
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166 reviews 166 reviews
150 attraction reviews
164 helpful votes 164 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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Shanghai, China
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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 

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Beijing, China
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Carmichael, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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.

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Shanghai, China
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43 reviews 43 reviews
32 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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 

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Singapore, Singapore
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

A was amazed by what nature can do, a natural lake in the middle of the desert. Please try to avoid high season...

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Sprang-Capelle
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Don't expect authenticity at all in this place, because the temple at the spring is not old. They simply made this place a kind of theme park with camel rides, quad bikes etc. The best part are the dunes which are very authentic ;-)

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