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Mogao Caves

West of Hexi Zoulang, Dunhuang 736200, China
+86 937 886 9060
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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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  • Very good24%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“buddhist art” (20 reviews)
“english tour” (15 reviews)
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West of Hexi Zoulang, Dunhuang 736200, China
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"in advance"
in 22 reviews
"buddhist art"
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"english tour"
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"visitor center"
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"per day"
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"silk road"
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"wall paintings"
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"no photography"
in 7 reviews
"world heritage site"
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"actual site"
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"giant buddha"
in 5 reviews
"shuttle bus"
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"buy your tickets"
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"tang dynasty"
in 9 reviews
"without flash"
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"low season"
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"cliff face"
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Even if you’ve seen a lot of buddhas in Asia this place is mind blowing. The detail in the paintings 1700-1000 years old, of old Chinese life is fabulous. My best trip, get access to the “special caves” cost extra but it makes for a...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Just a heads up: the English tour they had was at 11:30 a.m. I decided to go on the Chinese tour to get to the caves sooner. There is a video presentation at the museum before you actually head onto the buses out to the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved the experience. Spent half a day there. The tour was well organised and there were crowds but not until the extent of jostling to get in. Liked the idea of having groups enter according to time given. Enjoyed the tour but wonder if they...More

Thank Soosee Q
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Carved into the cliffs above the Dachuan River, the Mogao Caves south-east of the Dunhuang oasis, Gansu Province, comprise the largest, most richly endowed, and longest used treasure house of Buddhist art in the world. It was first constructed in 366AD and represents the great...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Mogao Caves were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1987 and situated at a strategic point along the Silk Route. The 492 cells and cave sanctuaries in Mogao are famous for their statues and wall paintings which spanning more than 1,000 years of...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

UNESCO site that is set out well. First of all the two video presentations puts into context what we were going to see. The Caves themselves are not all open but we were taken into the main temple all carved out of the rock face...More

Thank Clarky57
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Mogao caves are famous for their statues and wall paintings, spanning 1,000 years of Buddhist art and played a decisive role in artistic exchanges between China, Central Asia and India. The Mogao Caves were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1987. I had my...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

First you get to.see 2 movies about the history of Dunhuang and the caves. They where quite good. After that you go with loads of others in the shuttles to the caves. The apearance from out side shocked me. To conservate the caves they build...More

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Reviewed May 5, 2018

The visit to the Mogao caves was a very managed affair! There are only 6000 tickets per day for sale (RMB200 per tix) and u should buy the tickets ahead of time over the website or at the ticketing centre in town. After that, we...More

Thank Michael C
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Reviewed April 19, 2018 via mobile

The entrance must be accompanied by guided tour. We can visit at least 5 caves depending on the guide. However, after the tour, we are released to walk freely. The entrance fee is approx 100 RMB. This place has very long history. It is not...More

Thank Tonkarn08
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수진 박
April 22, 2018|
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Response from Paul B | Reviewed this property |
I suggest you ask the person at the ticket counter when you purchase the ticket. I suspect that they would fit you into a later group, provided that there is space, but you would have to confirm with them.
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Adam R
January 28, 2018|
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Response from cdvanha | Reviewed this property |
I saw several people carry cameras with them. It should be allowed, but in certain caves you cannot take pictures. On the outside pictures are allowed. I recommend keeping your camera with you.
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Anthony B
August 11, 2017|
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Response from bamboobwah | Reviewed this property |
almost any hotel or guest house book it free. we waited less then a day
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