An oasis in the midst of the Gobi Desert, Dunhuang has welcomed weary travelers since the days of the Silk Road. Six kilometers to the south, the desert and oasis fuse together at Crescent Lake, an impossible pool of water in barren surroundings. It still welcomes the weary but these days, they're more of the backpacking tourist variety, worn out from a day of camel riding and dune surfing!
This picture comes from the China Travel Flickr page and was taken by Michaela Kron, who writes:
In the Gobi Desert in Dunhuang is a unique, refreshing oasis, which includes Crescent Lake (Yueyaquan), a traditional pavilion, and Mingsha Shan, or "Echoing-Sand Mountain." Needless to say, after a day in just the desert, visiting the oasis was a great experience.
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