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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
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!
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Response from evelynhosm | Reviewed this property |
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
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 movies, and a bus ride to the actual Grottoes for the tour.
There is really no need to book tickets in advance online. And it is virtually impossible to do so if you don’t have a China tel. no.
At the Visitor Centre, queue up at the ticketing counter where people collect their tickets for their online reservation.
You just need to inform the ticketing officer that you are a foreigner and would like to join the next available tour with an English-language guide. Produce your passport, pay 220RMB and you will get your ticket with “外” stamped on it to indicate that this is a ticket for foreigners.
You will be given a time slot and then proceed to the entrance of the main building to wait for your turn (based on your assigned time-slot).
Inside the building, you will be led to watch two movies. Be sure to ask for an English-language audio headset. It is good and very helpful. (I recall that the Japanese visitors had their Japanese-language headset for the movies and a Japanese-language guide at the caves. Not sure what other languages are available though.)
For info: Foreigners are not shortchanged. We get to visit eight caves with an experienced English-language guide (and have the option to visit four more that are open to last minute domestic visitors). I found out from other independent domestic visitors who booked their tickets online that they were also brought to eight caves by a Chinese-language guide and had the same option of visiting four more opened to last-minute visitors.
Tip: It is critical to have a guide to explain the background and communicate the nuances of the paintings in the grottoes. Otherwise, the essence will completely be lost.
I hope my answer is helpful.
Response from paulrbaldwin | 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.
Need advice for 18 days itinerary to Yunnan and Silk Road (16 Replies)
Hi All, I am planning to go to Yunnan and Silk Road this July with my husband around 18 days. My rough itinerary is : Day one : arrive at Kunming from Jakarta Day 2 : flight to Shangrilla then drive to Feilazi Day 3 : Feilazi and around Day 4 : Feilazi to Shanrilla Day 5 : Shangrilla to Baishutai and TLG, stay overnight at TLG Day 6 : hiking on TLG then back to Lijiang Day 7 : Lijiang : Jade snow mountain, impression of lijiang Day 8 : Lijiang : black dragon pool, Lijiang old town,...More
May 04, 2014|
Gawd. What a mess. Yunnan is workable but not ideal and the Xinjiang part just completely underestimates time needed so something on this list will have to go. Dunhuang is between Urumqi and Jiayuguan. You don't have Turpan down which is not smart on your part--it's one of the better stops on the Silk Road. Rather than spend additional time listing problems, here's a suggestion for how to properly play this with your limited time frame. Day 1 : arrive at Kunming from Jakarta. Day 2 :...More
Mogao & Dunes on same day as night train to Turpan? (8 Replies)
I will be in Gansu/Xinjiang this May, would like to visit Mogao Caves in morning and Singing Sand Dunes in afternoon, then catch K4931 overnight train from Dunhuang to Turpan. The train leaves Dunhuang at 19:18 - is it doable or too rushed? From what I've read, this is a seasonal train so if it isn't available in late May, I would stick with my original plan to stay the night and leave Dunhuang for Turpan via Liuyuan the next morning. Thanks for any advice you can give!
February 24, 2018|
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.
Silk road with Intrepid (36 Replies)
Just wondering if anyone has done the 15 day Travel the Silk Road tour with Intrepid? The itinerary: Beijin - Xi'an - Zhangye - Danxia Geological Park - Jiayuguan - Dunhuang - Turpan - Kashgar. Cost is $3,720 Canadian. It will be my first time in China, my main interest is doing the silk road and the long range plan is to break it down into several segments and do one segment a year, starting with China this year, the Stans in 2019, Azerbaijan & Georgia in 2020, and lastly Italy in 2021. ...More
January 15, 2018|
I always travel independently so I'm prejudiced against tours. We took 28 days on the Silk Road this summer, so I think throwing in Beijing and Xi'an, which I've seen before enough times, plus Sichuan and Yunnan is way too much. We started off at Urumqi and first looked at the bit towards the Kazakh border around Yili. That bit is the most skippable. Then most of a week around Kashgar, notably Karakul and Shipton's Arch, plus the city itself. Flew back to Urumqi and used the high speed...More