Crescent Lake natural wonder in the Gobi Desert. Located around 6 km from the outskirts of the city of Dunhuang in western China, Cresent Lake is an amazing oasis in the middle of the Gobi desert. In the Chinese language is often called by the name Yueyaquan. Yueyaquan in Chinese is a beautiful crescent-shaped lake. Crescent Spring can be called a natural wonder in the Gobi Desert.
Along the side of the Crescent Lake is a pagoda in traditional Han Chinese architecture. A street lined with souvenir stalls leads up from the entrance to the complex. Many tourists ride camels here, organized by the complex operators, to get to the summit of the sand dunes.
Research has discovered that in this special crescent landform the wind created this depression, as the cross-ventilated theory states, the falling sands from the surrounding mountains would be sent back to the other side of nearby Echoing-Sand Mountains. Thus, the sands do not smother the spring. And this particular earth movement keeps the sand dunes and spring eternally in a harmonious and almost paradoxical existence.
Here you can enjoy not only the rare view where an oasis meets the desert, but also some fun sand adventures, such as riding camels, ‘dune surfing’ sand sliding. After climbing to the top of the dunes, from there you can’t help but marvel at the dramatic view. You have discovered the wondrous sight of Crescent Spring.
This lake has been designated a world heritage site and has been shrinking since 1970. Now the lake is only the size of a third of its original size. In the past three decades, the lake has dropped more than 25 feet, but the Chinese government has taken steps to preserve and restore the site depth of the lake as its original size.