Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves

Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves

Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves
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Points of Interest & LandmarksCaverns & Caves
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles146 reviews
Excellent
34
Very good
61
Average
41
Poor
8
Terrible
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Wsea3h
Asia4,315 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Time have passed and not much are left to be seen but I enjoyed walking there. I prefer this more than the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang. In Bezeklik, some rooms were opened for visitors to view, some were locked. It was a very nice visit for the views around. Easy to go from Turpan town by taxi.
Written January 11, 2020
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Michaela F
Shrewsbury, UK22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Friends
This may seem a little out of the way for those staying in Urumqi, but it's a great place to go if you're interested in gazing upon ancient artwork / murals. There are only a small number of caves open to the public, which are constantly guarded, so you don't need to spend a huge amount of time there and many of the murals have either been destroyed or defaced. However, some the images that they have managed to salvage are still so full of colour that when you walk through each one it is easy to imagine what they would have looked like in their full glory.

Plus, you get to journey through the infamous Flaming Mountain to get there - well worth it.
Written December 12, 2015
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Timothy D
Suzhou, China694 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The drive alone up to the site is beautiful as the road meanders up a desert valley. Although many of the paintings were vandalized and destroyed in the caves, enough is still left to make the site interesting and worth a visit. I don’t have any pictures from inside the caves as photographs were not allowed there.
Written October 6, 2019
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jollymonkey
Brighton, UK62 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
It’s a shame because a hundred years ago these would have been interesting but almost all the artwork has been stolen so they’re really more like holes than Buddha caves. My advice is to give this a miss and spend your time instead at the Mogao Caves a sleeper train away in Dunhuang which are a thousand times better (really just a much more impressive and better preserved version of the same thing). The Mogao Caves are a lot more expensive, but you’re really getting something for your money (including an English language tour).
Written September 17, 2019
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MarcelTraveller
Voorschoten, The Netherlands1,767 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
On the 17th of May 2018 we made a tour around Turpan (with tahirtour8@yahoo.com) visiting the Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves, Tuyoq Village, Kariz wells, Jiaohe Ancient City and finally the Emin Minaret.
1. We departed by car from our hotel at 9.30 (Beijing time) and arrived at 10.15 at the Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves. Beziklik, by the way, means in Uygur: ‘place with paintings’. We departed at 11.15. On the way to the caves, you’ll see the film set – a small village – used for the movie ‘Journey to the West’.
2. An hour to visit the caves is sufficient. The best time for photo’s is in the morning, because later in the afternoon the entrance of the caves is in the shade.
3. You know you are at the site because of the parking area with busses with Chinese visitors. The caves are not visible, because you’ll have to go downstairs about 20 metres. They are located on a lower level. The location of the caves is in our opinion the most interesting of this site; the interior of the caves we have seen was mostly disappointing because of vanished colours and demolished paintings.
4. When we compare the caves we have seen (here in Turpan, near Kuqa and near Dunhuang) and have to divide 100 points, we would say Dunhuang (Magao caves) deserves 75, Turpan 15 and Kuqa 10 points. If you have to make a choice because of lack of time, it is clear what to choose.
5. My wife, who has visited the toilet at this location, advises, if possible, not to go and to visit a toilet on another location because you have no privacy in the (3) toilets at this location.
Written July 24, 2018
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Victorie42
Apeldoorn, The Netherlands19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
The setting of the caves is astonishing and also the reddish color of the mudclay of the caves. It is a pity only a few were open to be visited. It was too dark to see it properly. Many shraped away faces at the murals. It also forbidden to take photos.
An old man was playing an ancient instrument outside of one of the caves, that was nice.
Written December 15, 2015
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Jane W
San Francisco, CA19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018
True...the Beseklik Buddha Caves were notoriously robbed by the Great Game hunters...leaving comparative scraps of paintings behind. Nonetheless, I had a beutifully fine day here, as an artist. No photos allowed, so I had to resort to my ink pen and sketch book. How joyful to draw direct from what I saw on the cave walls! There’s no better way to study drawing than to learn direct from the hands of the masters. For me, it felt like studying direct from the monks of antiquity. As well, hardly a soul was there on this warm September day, I pretty much had each cave to myself. Seriously...how, er, cool is that?
Written October 23, 2018
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Ida B
Quezon City, Philippines52 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
Loved the view of the Flaming Mountains on the way to the Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves. Also amazing were the caves and how they were ruined then preserved--so much history!
Written April 5, 2017
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arnels0n
Jackson, WY71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Family
On my archaeological tour of Xinjiang this was a good if not absolutely imperative stop. The take away here was the clear historical relativist implication in the written material that the archaeologists who came in the early 1900's were little more than looters who took out some of the best frescoes only to have them destroyed when the Berlin Museums were bombed during the 2nd world war. On the other hand, the deliberate defacing of the Buddha images faces by subsequent Muslim people was a clear reminder of the Taliban's destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan. The caves themselves were very interesting, and the remaining fresco work that had not been either taken out or defaced was great to see. I had the opportunity to play Rawap with an old guy sitting and playing the Uigher stringed instrument at the site.
Written October 10, 2016
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FYL003
Chicago, IL1,052 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
Very few fresco remained in the caves opened for tourists. A lot has been destroyed. The caves were very dark and there was no internal lightning in order to protect the fresco. It was very difficult to see. However, the exterior structure of the site was the attraction,
Written October 24, 2015
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