We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Mogao Caves

Address: West of Hexi Zoulang, Dunhuang 736200, China
Improve this listing
94%
Ranked #1 of 40 Attractions in Dunhuang
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
Owner description: Located in the Gobi desert, the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas feature beautiful wall fresco...
More attraction details
Attraction details
Type: Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
Write a Review

377 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    266
    90
    20
    1
    0
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Zaragoza, Spain
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

It´s a really worthy place to visit. The caves are very impressive. The fee is pretty expensive, but every highlight in China is expensive. Is not possible to take pictuares inside them, it makes them better, becouse you don´t know what you are going to see.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
82 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Although the admission fee is high--about $45 for everything in October, there is nothing like these caves and it's worth the money and time. If you don't speak Chinese, make sure you get an English-speaking guide. Information says that one is available three times a day, but that's not the case in the off season. The man at my hostel... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
The Hague, The Netherlands
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Fort Pierce, Florida
Top Contributor
112 reviews 112 reviews
60 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Shanghai Region, China
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
24 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Shanghai, China
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
29 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Te Puke, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Taipei, Taiwan
Top Contributor
157 reviews 157 reviews
141 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sacramento, California
Senior Reviewer
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Been to Mogao Caves? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Mogao Caves staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?