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Address: West of Hexi Zoulang, Dunhuang 736200, China
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Description: 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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Incredibly beautiful but mixed feelings

We were lucky to book an english tour. 220 yuan. Gave us 6 caves on top of the 4 caves that were open for the emergency ticket crowd. Yes, summer is a itch, and if you don't book... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We were lucky to book an english tour. 220 yuan. Gave us 6 caves on top of the 4 caves that were open for the emergency ticket crowd. Yes, summer is a itch, and if you don't book tickets well ahead, you'll end up with hundreds of chinese tourists queueing for ages and seeing very little. Not that we saw... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

I don't think I will be blessed with another visit, but I am so incredibly, indescribably happy at having been and having had my dreams exceeded by the magic and wonder of this place. Invest in a good specialist guide (in person and in book form), it is worth it. The book written by the former Curator of the Dunhuang... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The caves we saw were stunning and on their own worth an excellent rating, but they're a victim of their own success when it comes to actually visiting them, at least during the high season. We arrived in Dunhuang on Friday evening and went straight to the booking office in town to get tickets for anytime over the next three... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The caves are surprisingly well kept and the tour is very well organized. you need to get tickets in advance and there is a limit of visitors per day. Well worth the effort to get to Dunhuang.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Considering the state the antiquity of the statues and the history of the site I had a very enjoyable experience. There's a great variety of Buddha statues, a diversity of style, and an absorbing atmosphere - in spite of the thousands of tourists visiting every day. I think that when Lonely Planet says this is the Louvre equivalent of Buddhist... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

If you are in Dunhuang, you really should visit the Mogao Caves. The paintings and sculptures are just amazing, as well as the fact they are surrounded by the dessert and yet preserved for so many centuries. Although very frequented by Chinese tourists (which can be a bit overwhelming for some foreigners), it would be ashamed not to visit this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I went to the caves on my own, booked the tkt in Dunhuamg town at the tkt office. For the special caves (ké kou) you need to go to the visitor centre near the airport, unfortunately there was no spot for the same day, the website in Chinese is only Chinese friendly! The visitor centre is well organized with toilette,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

The artwork at this site is simply awesome - I hope that we can trust that it is genuine. The reconstruction of the cliffs is terrible and looks nothing like the original and this certainly detracts from the overall impression. When you are in the caves, you just have to put out of your mind how you got there and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

The Mogao caves are the main reason to come to Dunhuang and they are unique. Hard to believe that some of the paintings are 2000 years old, they are so well preserved! you will only get to see 6-7 grottoes, but that is actually plenty since it does get a tad monotonous after the first 5!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

You will see some badly restored ruins, but filled with fantastic Buddha statues. It’s a shame that the outside restoration was made with so little respect for the original materials and look. There are 750 caves, all filled with different types of art depicting Buddha's, Apsaras and you are allowed to see the most important. Don’t bring your camera, all... More 

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Additional Information about Mogao Caves

Address: West of Hexi Zoulang, Dunhuang 736200, China
Location: Asia  >  China  >  Gansu  >  Dunhuang
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 160 - 160

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