Lake Yueyaquan ( Yueyatsyuan ) is beautiful oasis which is shaped like an crescent in the Oasis. Which means New Moon and it can be found in the Gobi Desert, China. It is located 6 km. south-west of the city of Dunhuang (Gansu Province). It is difficult to overestimate the importance of this space for the desert, even the name which she was given speaks for itself – “Gobi” from the Mongolian means “waterless place”. The Gobi desert covers an area of 1 300 000 square meters. km. and extends 1,600 km from southwest to northeast and 800 km from north to south. Therefore Yueyaquan oasis is the pearl of the desert.
Around the lake lined residential buildings, as well as planted green areas, which are very well feel themselves in the vicinity of the pond. It even has its own Buddhist temple in the traditional style for China, which rises above all this beauty. Here the birds, and in the lake with fish. Seeing Yueyatsyuan in the desert, where all one only sand and stones, once it seems that saw a mirage, but when you step on the area, you realize that he’s real and it’s not a mirage. Sam is an oasis in the lowlands surrounded by mountains Minshashan. flickr/Lyd Bog
But not everything is as good as it may seem, because this oasis may disappear with time. Lake dries rapidly, and is considered the main reason for that – the dam, which was built in the 70s on the river which once flowed near the city of Dunhuang, for farming purposes. During this period, the number of people living and working on this oasis has increased from 100 thousand.
Up to almost 180 thousand. And the amount of water consumed by people for irrigation of farms has increased, depleting reserves of water underground source of groundwater. In 1960, the average depth of the lake then ranged from 4 to 5 m, maximum depth -. 7.5 m Since that time, the lake depth is steadily decreasing.
By the early 1990s, the mirror of the lake was reduced to just 5.5 m ?, and the average depth – 0.9 m (maximum – 1.3 m).
The government is taking steps to save and restore the depth of the lake to its former level. For this steel to regulate and ensure that the oasis population did not exceed the permissible amount set by law, it is prohibited to build additional new agricultural land and drilling of any wells. This lake is now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Oasis Yueyaquan ( Yueyatsyuan ) is very popular among tourists, you will be offered to go on this place a camel or jeep.