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Address: 5km South of Dunhuang, Dunhuang 736200, China
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Dunhuang Private Day Tour
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Lots of city tourists

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Herb S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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.

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Thank Herb S
East Coast
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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41 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars 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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Thank emmaybee
Hong Kong
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35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

This oasis is a wonder in Dunhuang, never dried up. Climbing up the MingShaSan nearby and you'll enjoy the amazing bird's eye view of this fantastic Pool.

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Hong Kong, China
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14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

I strongly recommend people to go there and climb up high to the sand. Remember to bring the camera when you go up. You can take a wonderful picture of this Moon-teeth Pool. If you want to try the sand sliding, you better drop down all the belongings to your friend at the foot of the sand mountain, no bags,... More 

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Richmond, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 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 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 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 

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27 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 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.

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 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.

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