Dunhuang East Thousand-Buddha Caves

Dunhuang East Thousand-Buddha Caves, Guazhou County

Dunhuang East Thousand-Buddha Caves

Dunhuang East Thousand-Buddha Caves
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Qiaozi Country, Guazhou County 736111 China

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iamface
East Sussex, UK1,337 contributions
earlier than Mogao Caves
Apr 2017 • Friends
earlier than Mogao Caves also not so crowded but the printing not so beautiful or delicate than Yulin Grotto or mogao. it seem similar with india or middle east style. but behind the cave, the river was beautiful. if got time, ok to visit
Written May 26, 2017
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Shazster
Christchurch, New Zealand209 contributions
Fascinating history not too much to see...
Apr 2015
Did this on a silk road tour. Worth the visit but don't expect to see too much - or to be able to take photos of any of the caves...
Written March 3, 2016
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Florence B
Beijing102 contributions
Definitely Worth Visiting!
Jun 2015 • Friends
The Dunhuang Western Thousand Buddhas Caves are much smaller in numbers in comparison with the other two Mogao and Yulin but they are worth visiting. They are much closer to Dunhuang so, no need to drive too far to visit them. We got there late in the afternoon and were able to only see a few but we were not disappointed by what we saw. They are situated on the cliff side of the Dang River. However, unfortunately the river is now dried out because of the construction of a dam which controls its flow. Some of the caves at this site are much older than the ones in the other bigger sites. Originally there were more but some were flooded by the river and collapsed. Our guide told us that their location at the end of the road explains the fact that they are older. We saw some beautiful trees with a very interesting-looking bark.
Written June 10, 2015
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thefishes2013
Mallacoota, Australia49 contributions
Worth a look on the way to Yumen pass
May 2014 • Friends
Not far out of Dunhuang on the way to Yumen Pass in a very sparsely vegetated landscape you will see signage for Thousand Buddha Caves and after turning off the highway a short drive brings you to a deep and broad river gully, where the attraction is located. It doesn't have the majesty and layered historical/emotional dimensions of Mogao Caves but in its own way a sense of timeless human effort lingers in the space. This tinged with pathos of the damage done to it in recent times, for example during the cultural revolution when heads of the Buddha were knocked off their shoulders (Zhou En Lei's protection of Mogao Caves in those times clearly didn't extend to these ones).

The caves are not very numerous but are really worth a look and a nice place to have a picnic. The way the ground literally opens up to the river bed full of trees, unseen from the dry plain above until the last moment, is quite startling. I enjoyed the 2 hours we had there.

Once again and as is common practice photography is not allowed. Flash photography is destructive to ancient art but I am not sure why digital cameras without flash are disallowed , where high iso. capacities make for reasonable low light shooting. No meaningful response to this question obtained when I asked only a surprisingly glacial response about the 'rules'. But it's China, and the way cultural heritage in the area suffered at the hands of European archeologist/adventurers like Pelliot and Langdon Warner is deeply etched into social memory.
Written June 2, 2014
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