If you were ever lost in the desert and came across Crescent Lake, you probably would think it was a mirage.
Just under 4 miles south of Dunhuang, Gansu Provine, Western China, and surrounded by the Echoing-Sand Mountain lies this natural wonder in the Gobi Desert. The lake contains pure spring water and is 715 feet long from east to west, and 177 feet wide from north to south.
An aerial view of Crescent Lake outside of Danhuang, China:
It’s crazy to think just how this little paradise in the desert has survived for 2000 years, but there is a reason.
“There are many beautiful legends about the formation of the lake, but in fact, the most important reason is the landscape. The land here is a little lower, so the altitude is fit for storing water. In addition, research has revealed that in this special crescent land form, the falling sands from the surrounding dune would be sent back to the other side of the nearby Echoing-Sand Dune. Thus, the sands do not engulf the lake. This extraordinary earth movement keeps the sand dunes and lake eternally in a harmonious and almost paradoxical existence,” Nice Art Life Magazine writes.
But seeing the rare sight of an oasis meeting the desert isn’t the only thing to do out here. There are camel rides and “dune surfing,” or sand sliding.
You can also climb to the top of the dunes and marvel at the beautiful view.
Situated next to the lake is a traditional pagoda with a street lined with souvenir stalls.
This is one place to put on the bucket list.