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Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves

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Address: Shengjin Country, Turpan 838000, China
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Interesting history with modern twist

Very interesting caves. Let it be noted that it is not 1000 caves, its caves with 1000 Buddha in them. Many of the caves are closed, although rumor is they will open more... read more

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very interesting caves. Let it be noted that it is not 1000 caves, its caves with 1000 Buddha in them. Many of the caves are closed, although rumor is they will open more later. My only issue with the site is the modern influence. All of the signs made reference to the German explorers who took from the site in... More 

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Guangzhou, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2016 via mobile

We visited the Thousand Buddha Caves as part of a 5 day tour of Xinjiang. It was a very nice place to walk around and relax and take some pictures. However, there really wasn't so much to see in the caves and they wee so full of tour groups and guides yelling loudly that our group found it more stressful... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2016

we visited this sight after Dunhaung,as long as you already been to Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes not very much necessary to visit this sight in Turpan

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

This place is cool to visit on the back side of the flaming mountain. The sights are amazing and a huge change from the oasis not far away. It gives you a feeling of really being in the desert. The caves are a nice place to visit with their ancient Buddhist drawings. Unfortunately, most of them were defaced and ruined... More 

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Jackson, Wyoming
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

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... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016 via mobile

After visiting Dunhuang, the inside appear pale, but it puts some perspective to the historical progression. The site is grand in the Fleming mountain.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

Date of visit: 18/09/2016 Price: 40 yuan There are beautiful remaining paints of Buddhas and the surrounding is beautiful so even if most of the caves were closed when I visited the site I think it worth it because it's not expansive and it's very close to the Flaming mountain site. How to go to Turpan (吐鲁番) from Urumqi (乌鲁木齐):... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

The caves are a few rooms carved into the cliff, though there reconstructed mudbrick buildings covering them. Most of the murals in the caves were looted so there's not a lot to actually see inside the caves besides traces of the few remaining murals. Very scenic drive out which is half the excuse to visit this location.

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Prior Lake, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

Destroying different religions historical monuments isn't a new thing. By going here I found out that Muslims from hundreds of years ago were destroying Buddhist holy cites. These caves are full of Buddha paintings but since depicting a face is outlaws in Islam almost all of the faces of the Buddhas in these cave have been chipped away. With that... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

Not even half of the grottoes are open to public, and the ones open don't have much left to see. Luckily we didn't have too many groups there but still not as peaceful as it should be.

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