Lake is 6 kilometers (3.73 miles) south of the
center of Dunhuang, near the Echoing-Sand Mountain,
and is said to be where the oasis meets the desert.
Crescent lake was formed by spring water trickling
up into a depression between huge sand dunes,
forming a crescent-shaped pond.
The climb to the top of the
dunes is sweaty work, but the dramatic view
back across the
rolling desert sands towards the oasis makes
the effort worthwhile.
Out here the recreational activities
include pursuits such as riding camels across
the sand dune, or the more adventurous "dune
surfing" (sand sliding) and paragliding
(jumping off the top of high dunes with
a chute on your back). There is also a tow-gliding
operation closer to the entry gate: continue
past it if you want to jump off a dune!