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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: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins, Caverns/ Caves, Religious Sites
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... more » 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. « less
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Hugo, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Walking into the sitting Buddha cave the first thing you see is a rock the size of a truck. Then you realize that this is a foot. You look up and there is this monumental Buddha, 4 stories high. Absolutely took my breath away.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Incredible and a great way to burn off the carbs. Shame I didn't pack my private stash of Andrex. Lush local/indigenous leaves served well. At least the kind locals were not in the least offended and stooped to chat as I stooped to stool.

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I spent 6 weeks in China as part of a summer abroad program through my university. This was one of many attractions on our Culture, Language, and Economics study program. One thing nice about this place compared to other Chinese attractions is that it hasn't been restored and the tours are extremely well organized so as to avoid over crowding... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Love the history behind this amazing place. Book guide online in advance, they just changed the rules this Aug that toursits need to book official guides online from Mogao official website in advance.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Started on August 1st there's a new rule that requires all guests to book tickets in advance (to help limit the number of guests to preserve the site). However, the site to book tickets is only in Chinese. Even so, when using the site it kept freezing and giving us error messages. If you don't read Chinese characters, ask someone... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

definitely worth a visit, but really expensive and taking a guide is mandatory. honestly, famous library cave is not so interesting. it used to be a meditation room, so really plain and small. tell your guide to skip it, then go there by yourself. since it's a cave inside another, that part will count as two. if you skip it... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Spent half a day here restricted for groups tours. . First i went alone with an English speaking guide before joining up with my Chinese friend to join up with other Chinese guided tours This way saw more caves than if you had only one tour. Seems they open up certain caves for different tours all are interesting.

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hami
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I have traveled China a lot but this is the first "tourist attraction" where I felt that the preservation of the place was given more importance than the tourists. The caves were great although it was a pity that we weren't allowed to take pictures...we were lucky, though and had a linient guide who at least let us take some... More

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Foshan, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Well, other day trip in Dunhuang is to go to this caves. They are pretty amazing but what I didn't like is that Chinese staff overthere don't allow to take pictures of the caves! Even though you take a quick one, there is always a guy watching you and then erase the pics.

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Nottingham, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This was the most expensive admittance price we paid on our trip to China. £18 each but we did have an English speaking guide. Well worth seeing.

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