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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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Well worth a visit

Excellent introductory videos, knowledgable guides at the site itself and an informative museum afterwards make this well worth a visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Excellent introductory videos, knowledgable guides at the site itself and an informative museum afterwards make this well worth a visit.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

You can only visit as part of an guided tour. However, it's very organized, informative and well paced. Tour starts with a movie and visual effect show on the history of Dunhuang. You are then driven to the actual place and are organized into groups of 10-15, each led by a guide. Our guide covered about 8-10 grottoes. You have... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The Mogao Grotto are really worth a visit. They are in my top ten highlights of my summer in China. Though mainly Buddhist in origin, examples of Christian and Jewish texts and artifacts have also been found. They were built along the silk road, and demonstrate the faith and artistry of the travelers and residents. The introductory film helps set... More 

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Beijing, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Interesting but too much at once and it seems artificial at times. The movie of the newly added museum's entrance building seems to be a great production. It just shows you already everything, just in motion...

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Chengdu, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This place is the place to go in gansu, every museum, artifact, and person talks about the mogao caves. They are truly beautiful, and truly a site to behold.The entrence fee includes 2 movies about the caves, and the bus out to the caves. Lots of people come here, but fortunately not many english speakers so you get to be... More 

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Xi'an, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Due to the great demand of visiting Silk Road, we encounterred many groups during our visit to Mogap Caves. But, this was really the highlight of our tour, great experience, the mural was the quintessence of a art and wisdom.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

You must book tickets in advance at the booking counters in town- they limit the number of visitors each day and do not open the caves when it is raining. Be prepared to spend the better part of your day there - the tour starts with 2 movies explaining the history and significance of the caves and are well done.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

The caves are very good and it's great to see some really old art but it can be a bit of an effort to get to see them. After a failed first attempt of trying to get tickets at the ticket office we were lucky that our hostel told us that the emergency tickets (100rmb) were going on sale the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

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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