Xiqian Buddha Caves
Xiqian Buddha Caves
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West of Dunhuang, Dunhuang 736200 China

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4.0 of 5 bubbles47 reviews
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jtaylor946
Guangzhou, China786 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
We had visited the Mogao caves the day before. We visited here as part of a day tour. Some of the paintings in the caves were really beautiful and they are really ancient and original. However, the tour felt quite rushed. We went in 4 caves and were finished in 20 minutes. After introducing the caves, the guide moved to the next one very quickly. I would have liked to have more time to look around, but had to follow the group.
Written January 1, 2021
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Travelfox
London, UK123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
They might not be as well preserved as the Mogao Caves due to their geological conditions, but they are impressive and of more communal, lived in character. Unfortunately only one statue from the Northern Zhou period is left (which is very rare!), even if the caves were not discovered by Western collectors.

When you visit, a local guide opens the caves for 3 people max. at the time and guides you, explaining intricate details that are unique to the caves (e.g. the Republican era face paintings, Tibetan and Uighur styles etc.). Not sure if they have English guides, however, but even if you don’t speak Chinese they’re still worth a visit for people interested in history.
Written October 31, 2020
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nathan l
Netanya, Israel886 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Friends
another set of temple caves, less visited and less preserved, and still worthwhile visiting if time permits.
Written December 20, 2018
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duker tsering ganjia
Xining, China86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018
I been many times to Dunhuang mego Grottoes, it is too touristic for me, but the cave about 100km south of Dunhuang which named Yuling Caves are much more interesting, you can really closely enjoy the painting of thousand years old...
what i want let you know is this pictures is Yuling caves...no ideas why its named Xiqian.
Written December 10, 2018
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mogolan
Tel Aviv, Israel618 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Friends
There are many caves but only a few that are visited. There is a local guardian who opens each one and stays while we were inside. When leaving it closes and so on.Worth the visit.
Written November 13, 2018
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TheTravelPirate
Rochester, NY811 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
Part of the Mogao cave complex. I think maybe 15 minutes drive from Dunhuang on a very new and wide road. the caves are very interesting to see for sure. More than 1000 years old some of them are. Make sure you see the film at the visitor center
Written November 14, 2017
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eVe 🇸🇬🇸🇬🇸🇬
Singapore, Singapore1,168 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
Xiqian Buddha (西千佛洞)is a smaller scale to Mogao (莫高窟). Less crowd as a result but nonetheless interesting especially if you get a good guide. Please remember to use your ears not your hands as photography is NOT allowed inside the caves as flashlight will spoil the wall paintings!
Written November 6, 2016
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Anna H
Fremont, CA66 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
this is where the caves started but MoGao has become much more famous. There are periodic "tours" where one of the caretakers let in a group and see about 3 caves. Total time, including waiting for enough people to gather for a group was about 1 hour. The tour" lasted 20 minutes as you went in and looked and got out. If you have been to Mo Gao, you can give this a miss but if you want more caves, these are even older.
Written July 20, 2016
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rosie38c
Harpenden, UK408 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Solo
They weren't quite in the same league as the Mogao caves but all much earlier, so the cave drawings were very indian in style. The caves are all quite small but still amazing that they were drawn over 1000 years ago and some of the colours still look really fresh. Not many visitors here so we were the only 2 people looking but the man hung around outside to make sure no photos :)
Written April 6, 2016
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Elizabeth A
Lake Worth, FL1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
Incredible part of the Silk Road--my experience, however was a tad different. These are magnificent caves with incredible wall paintings--and the Buddha's are mind-boggling. You enter through a large door into an absolutely huge room and an enormous awesome Buddha (each one is different). There is an ante-room, and then the cave. The floor between the two has a raised curb "to prevent even spirits from traveling from one room to another." I was behind the huge Buddha almost overcome with awe--and I suddenly realized my group had exited the cave and I was there alone. It was closing, they began closing the door and I began toward it--but in just a moment it was pitch black--and all I could think of was that curb between rooms--how would I ever know where it was? I was calling out "wait for me!" "I'm still here." Outside, I heard someone say "Is everyone out." I heard my husband's voice respond "Yes, everyone's out." Someone said "Somebody's in there." Again, my husband said "No. Everyone's out." Finally, they all heard--re-opened the door as I ran out in a small panic that has provided many laughs from that date (1996) to this. We LOVED it. You will too. -- Elizabeth Rann Arrott
Written September 6, 2015
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