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Address: West of Hexi Zoulang, Dunhuang 736200, China
Phone Number: 869378869060
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Located in the Gobi desert, the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas feature...

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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Finally got the chance to see the great wall paintings by the ancient travellers that move between China and Middle East/Europe.

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2015
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Singapore, Singapore
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Finally got the chance to see the great wall paintings by the ancient travellers that move between China and Middle East/Europe.

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Washburn, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

The caves are beautiful and fascinating. We went on two separate days because you only see about 8 caves a visit and they rotate the ones that are open. Only a couple of the 'must-sees' were repeated on our second day. Bring a flashlight to help light what you want to see and dress warmly if you go in winter.

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London
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

that you need to book tickets in advance (the hotel will help you with that) since this place only take 6 or if it was 8000 visitors per day (not much in China)...expensive as h*ll but do not hesitate...its really worth going

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Chengdu, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

The caves themselves did not disappoint, even if some the touristic experience isn't to my liking--but these are cultural differences. People in China often like the experience of large groups, and dramatic multimedia presentations. I did not feel the need--but had no choice--to be herded in to watch 2 different films in *two different, full sized movie theaters* in the... More 

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Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015 via mobile

We visited the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang during our Silk Road expedition. On our arrival, we were entertained with two documentaries in a comfortable auditorium.The 3D presentations prepare us with the history and detailed illustrations of buddhist artwork ahead. Mogao is a cluster of grottoes or caves with profound hand painted artwork on the ceiling and wall .They were cut... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

The 2 films In the Visitor Center really help to get Information about the Silkroad, and the way the Caves were built and the second film present some Caves and Buddhist Art.

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Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

Wow. beautifully preserved grottoes craved into the side of the mountain. Amazing architecture by our ancestors. The number of visitors are limited per day, please book ahead. Well organised with tour guide

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Santiago, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

Very well organized! The tour of the grottoes begins with 2 short films that explain the history, importance, architecture and artistic style, etc of the grottoes. after the films they take you on a bus to the actual grottoes, where they quickly separate you into groups with a guide. because we were the only foreigners that day we had the... More 

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Words cannot describe what you are going to see inside the caves... It's super touristy but there's a reason why... I strongly recommend travelers to pay extra to see the special caves that are not a part of the regular admission. You just have to ask the admission ticket office or the tour guide after you are done with the... More 

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DeLand, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

The Mogao Caves are a series of small human-made caves, each of which contains religious statues that were placed mostly by merchants on the Silk Road to thank Buddha and others. The site has walkways leading up to the caves and doors and artificial floors to protect the caves. Our guide told us that they usually open only 8 or... More 

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