Crescent Lake is a crescent-shaped lake in Yueyaquan, a desert oasis. It is located 6km south of Dunhuang city in Gansu province, China. It is also known as the crescent moon spring, crescent spring, or Yuya spring.

Pagoda on the famous Crescent lake under the giant singing sand Dunes (Ming Sha Shan) in Dunhuang, Gansu, China

Beautiful golden sand hills, stunning crescent-shaped blue lake and green colour trees make the unbelievable harmonious natural setting. This amazing experience is considered a natural wonder of the Gobi desert.

A buddist temple close to a little lake in the Taklamakan desert

The lake’s typical depth is 4 to 5 meters, with the deepest point measuring 7.5 meters. The length of the lake is recorded as 100 meters. This lake was a part of the Danghe river in thousand years ago and left it as a separate part when the river changed its path. The strong wind also influenced this situation. Scientists explained that subterranean water streams of the Danghe river continuously replenish to balance the water level of the lake.

The famous crescent lake under the giant singing sand Dunes (Ming Sha Shan) in Dunhuang, Gansu, China

The desert and lake are very popular among tourists especially, those who like to experience camel rides, grass skiing and sand sliding. The golden sandhills are recorded as one of the eight great sights in Dunhuang. Morning or late afternoon is the best time to visit this amazing site since the area is so hot at noon. If you are travelling to Dunhuang city don’t forget to visit this amazing scenic site, the journey is just a few minutes long. You can take bus number 3 from Dunhuang to Yuyaquan. The most ideal season to visit this beautiful destination is from June to August.

Chinese temple in desert, Dunhuang, Mingsha Shan, China
Chinese pavilion near Crescent Moon Lake in desert, Dunhuang, China
Gansu China
Gansu Dunhuang Crescent Lake and Mingsha Mountain., China.
view of Dunhuang Crescent Moon Spring, Gansu, China
Crescent Lake in the desert,Dunhuang, Mingsha Shan, China
Gansu China
Chinese pavilion near Crescent Moon Lake in desert, Dunhuang, China

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