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Address: 5km South of Dunhuang, Dunhuang 736200, China
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Exactly as expected small beautiful lake amongst the dunes (and the crowds)

This is a very picturesque spot although much smaller than you might imagine. From a very large car park you approach and get your tickets. once through the barrier you pass by... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Lautrec, France
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Lautrec, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very picturesque spot although much smaller than you might imagine. From a very large car park you approach and get your tickets. once through the barrier you pass by some small vendors until you turn and see the sand dunes. You also notice up to 1,000 camels which will transport you on a 45 minute stroll across... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has seen a lot of Dunhuang's histolry, especially the past 100+ years. It's a combination of amazing nature and history of this wonderful city on the silk road.

Thank PablosDad
Chisinau, Chisinau, Moldova
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed the place. This oasis surrounded by the desert made me feel like a character of an arabic story or movie. It was really strange to find such a place in China or at least such I felt. It's not much to see, but the sightseeing is incredible. A hint: climb the sand hills up to the peak (it's... More 

Thank Vitalinho
Quebec City, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As many places in China, it is over flowing with tourists, but it was well worth the visit. Hiking up the sand dunes was a trek, but we were rewarded with beautiful views. Take a camel instead of the tourist car, or walk. I took a toboggan down the sand dune, along with a bunch of kids! It was fun!

Thank Stacia R
Sandnes, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

This area is very popular with locals and tourists alike. It offers a selection of options to lighten your wallet. Ride a camel, drive an atv around a track, get a ride over the dunes in a helicopter or paraglider. You can also slide down the sand dune. The spring is surrounded by a modern fence and trash. The buildings... More 

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Las Vegas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

A bit overdone, but the location is phenomenal. Set in the midst of the sand dunes in the great desert. Hard to believe that there is still water/lake in the middle of the desert. Worth seeing if visiting Dunhuang.

Thank nvlinks
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

Looks like an amusement park! Helicopter and power glider flights, camel rides as well as sand dune slides are major attractions. Seems no-one worries that level of spring is dropping as higher population drains more of the aquafier make cresent moon ever smaller.

Thank Herb S
East Coast
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

This was certainly a unique geological phenomenon. With the shifting sand dunes one woukld expect that the lake would eventually fill up with sand and dry up, but due to wind currents no sand enters the water and the lake remains, as pristine as ever. It is a major tourist attraction and there were myriads of people there, but still... More 

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United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2016

It's very touristy here but if you embrace it and just join in you can have a great afternoon. We joined the camel ride 100RMB for an hour which is very good but the camel doesn't take you to the lake, it takes you up the dunes. So we then walked to the lake which is about a 20min walk... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2016

As part of a group tour we recently visited the MingSha Sand Dunes and the Crescent Moon Lake. The Sand Dunes are impressive there but the Lake, alas, is dwindling. What remains of the spring-fed oasis has been landscaped and 'decorated', resulting in a disney-like version of a desert oasis. I'm an avid photographer and left without taking my camera... More 

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