As an old saying goes in China, oil and water don't mix, so does spring and desert, while when you are traveling Dunhuang, you could find such a special scene: spring and desert does mix! How amazing! Yes, that is Crescent Spring and Echoing-sand Mountain. Located 6 kilometers south of Dunhuang in Gansu province, Crescent Spring has been one of the Eight Must-see Scenic Spots in Dunhuang since Han dynasty. Crescent Spring is deemed as a natural wonder of in the boundless desert in Dunhuang and is indeed a must-have along your Dunhuang travel.
Surrounded by the Echoing-Sand Mountain, the Crescent Spring resembles the delicate and seductive lips of a beautiful woman if seen afar. It also looks like a crescent fallen down from the sky into the boundless desert and it is just like a sparkling pearl embedded on the Gobei desert. Hence the name Crescent Spring is given. When travelers are sliding from the Echoing-sand Mountain, they could see this beautiful spring clearly. Although weathered the sandstorm attack for thousands of years, Crescent Spring still gurgles and its water is crystal clean, so it also has the fame of “The First Spring in Desert”.
Riding a camel to climb to the top of the Echoing-Sand Mountain is the best way to discover the beauty of Crescent Spring, where the panoramic view of the Crescent Spring would be rewarded. Only at this time, travelers could experience the marvel that oasis meets desert! So amazing! ,Maybe this is also the reason why so many travelers come to visit Crescent Spring despite of fatigue and long journey. So you should never miss it!
Location: 6 kilometers from downtown of Dunhuang
Admission Fee: CNY40
Opening Time: 8:30-18:00 (April-October), 9:00-17:30 (November-March)
How to get there: Travelers could rent a car to get there and no bus is available.