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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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West of Hexi Zoulang, Dunhuang 736200, China
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visiting it on 6. Feb. directly after CNY. Only 3 people signed up for the English Tour and we visited 11 caves. It was brilliant as we could also asked her all questions about Mogao Ku. I was taking the first tour at 9:30 am...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Jens S
Reviewed December 20, 2018

These caves are impressive, with sculptures and paintings in very good conditions despite being 1200-1500 years old. There are even original wooden doors from that period! Also, the documentary offered prior to the caves visit is extremely informative and interesting. A must see all around!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed December 20, 2018

this is one of the world wonders, and everyone that admires art history and spirituality, must visit. don't miss the museum.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed December 19, 2018

Don’t even mention that you have been to DunHuang if you miss Mogao Cave. Impressive! Limited tickets are available per day, and tickets have to be booked in advance. Visitors are not allowed to go in on your own. Each group is guided (guarded) by...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed December 1, 2018 via mobile

Visited the Mogao Caves off season in Dec 2018. Highly recommended as MUCH less people and no need to buy ticket in advance. Additional plus is that it’s half price... The movies in the beginning of the trip are interesting and help understand the historic...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 14, 2018

This is one of the must visit places along the silk road , and dates back about 700-800 years ago. it is located just outside the city of Dunhuang. Dunhuang in the past used to be the frontier chinese city which faced the barbarian worlds...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Fred L
Reviewed November 13, 2018

Very well preserved treasure. Not all the caves are open to the public. Guided tours in different languages.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank mogolan
Reviewed November 11, 2018

Fascinating visit to grottos dug into the hillside with buddhas and paintings on the walls. During the visit one sees about 6 caves, with an explanation from an excellent English speaking guide. A must visit when staying in Dunhuang.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Charles N
Reviewed November 6, 2018

I was hoping the caves were in close to original condition but the Chinese government have turned this into a first rate tourist attraction with most caves blocked from view and standard tours taking you to designated caves only, everything is clean and meticulous, no...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 31, 2018 via mobile

We went to the caves in late October 2018. The visit is not cheap (200rmb) but it was worth it. We had to watch two movies in the beginning... they were ok and semi informative. Then we got into a bus to drive to the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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iwannabe
August 18, 2018|
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Response from evelynhosm | Reviewed this property |
Hi iwannabe The Mogao Grottoes are in Dunhuang. Once in Dunhuang, get a taxi to take you to the Mogao Grottoes Visitor Centre, where you can purchase your ticket and be led through the entire process of two background... More
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April 22, 2018|
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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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February 24, 2018|
Response fromPennylets|
I think it would be possible. I was at the caves at 9am and left about 2pm but didn t stay to see everything. I went to the dunes in the late afternoon the day before and it was still incredibly hot in September, not sure how hot it will be in May. You need approx 2-3 hours for the dunes. I enjoyed the overnight stay in Dunhuang. A nice little town with a busy night market.
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