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Mogao Caves

West of Hexi Zoulang, Dunhuang 736200, China
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Ranked #1 of 41 Attractions in Dunhuang
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
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Owner description: Located in the Gobi desert, the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas feature beautiful wall fresco paintings and more than 3,000 sculptures dating from the forth to the fourteenth century.
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

The Mogao caves are a top atraction, totally worth the journey. Here some practical information. Keep in mind I visited in november 2014, which is low season. There are the caves and there is the visitor centre; The visitor center is new, about 8 km out of town and the caves an other 15 km beyond the visitor centre. At... More

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Fort Pierce, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The cave art at Mogao has no equal! Bring a strong flash light and powerful binoculars to find the surviving details. While much of the intricate details and vivid colors have been destroyed, a discerning eye can still find much to appreciate. Hiking boots or at least sneakers with strong treads are recommended to climb the stairs.

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Shanghai Region, China
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52 reviews 52 reviews
23 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The most impressive historical site I have seen in China. Good to visit even during the October holiday. The waiting lines were long but very well organized.

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Shanghai, China
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29 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

i would suggest first read Peter Hopkirk’s, Foreign Devils on the Silk Road, then visit the world famous Mogao caves. The tourist minibus drops you at the large the entrance fee is Y120. A lot has been recently restored, for better or worse, but you really get a feeling for how it must have been in the early 1900's when... More

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Te Puke, New Zealand
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8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The Mogao Caves were a highlight of our Silk Road trip. They are the best preserved 'old China' ting we visited, and the Dunhuang Museum is another must see. The museum building alone is worth a visit, and the contents some the best we saw. We had a wonderful guide, Orlando through TravelChinaGuide, who sensitively guided us through pointing out... More

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Taipei, Taiwan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Finally, we had a chance to visit one of the mysterious and amazing locations on the Silk Road (絲路) – Dunhuang (敦煌). It is located on northwest Gansu province, China. There are a number of Buddhist cave sites in the Dunhuang area. The most famous and well-known one is the Mogao Caves (莫高窟, Mogao Grottoes, also known as Caves of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Bought a book to bring back to family to show the details of some of the caves,but pictures just don't do justice to a place like this. Amazing when you stand in some of the caves and observe 1000+ year old details. We had an English speaking tour guide to walk three of us through the caves, which allowed us... More

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Sacramento, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Ancient Buddhist and sculptures in amazing caves. A spiritual experience and my favorite destination on my silk road tour. We had an amazing tour guide for the caves named Lucy.

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

When I visited we watched two 20 minute movies and then rode a bus over to the sight. They gave out ear-pods for everyone. There were four paintings that were required to go to, then there were four that the tour guide could choose considering the amount of people there. These paintings are amazing considering that they have been here... More

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Carmichael, California
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We enjoyed the Buddhist Frescos dating back to the Tang Dynasty. Our tour group had special access into the caves not generally opened to the public on VIP tour.

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