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12-15-2011, 11:39 PM
Crescent Moon Spring's shape gives it its name, and the pool is able to withstand the extreme dryness of the Gobi, refusing to dry up


12-15-2011, 11:40 PM
Dunhuang (Chinese: 敦煌; pinyin: Dūnhuáng, also known as simplified Chinese: 炖煌; traditional Chinese: 燉煌; pinyin: Dùnhuáng ('Blazing Beacon') in ancient times) is a city (pop. 187,578 (2000)) in northwestern Gansu province, Western China. It was a major stop on the ancient Silk Road. It was also known at times as Shachou, or 'City of Sands'.

It is situated in a rich oasis containing Crescent Lake (月牙泉) and Mingsha Shan (鸣沙山, literally "Echoing-Sand Mountain"). Mingsha Shan is so named for the sound of the wind whipping off the dunes, the singing sand phenomenon.

It commands a very strategic position at the crossroads of the ancient Southern Silk Route and the main road leading from India via Lhasa to Mongolia and Southern Siberia,[1] as well as controlling the entrance to the narrow Gansu Corridor which led straight to the heart of the north Chinese plains and the ancient capitals of Chang'an (today known as Xi'an) and Luoyang.

Yueyaquan (Chinese: 月牙泉; pinyin: Yuèyá Quán) is a crescent-shaped lake in an oasis, 6 km south of the city of Dunhuang in Gansu Province, China. It was named Yueyaquan in the Qing Dynasty. According to measurements made in 1960, the average depth of the lake was 4 to 5 meters, with a maximum depth of 7.5 meters. In the following 40 years, the depth of the lake continually declined. In the early 1990s, its area had shrunk to only 1.37-acre (5,500 m2) with an average depth of 0.9 meter (maximum 1.3 meter). In 2006, the local government with help of central government has started to fill the lake and restore its depth, its depth and size has been growing yearly since then. The lake and the surrounding deserts are very popular with tourists, who are offered camel and 4x4 rides.