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“Art is better than Cappadocia caves in Turkey”
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Mogao Caves
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed April 11, 2013

The art painted on the walls of the caves is in an amazing state of preservation, although the highly structured access and tour, and total prohibition on even taking photos of the exterior face of the mountain detracted somewhat. The adjacent museum is excellent, and the grottoes in the museum are outstanding reproductions of the originals you just visited ... and you can take photos of them!

Thank Kevin C
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Reviewed April 1, 2013 via mobile

Fantastically preserved since the 3rd century and kept hidden by moving sand dunes 1000 years, they are amazing.

You need a guide- it's compulsory - but they provide that in the ticket price. Ours was friendly, well educated and spoke good English.

Hire a taxi and ask them to take you to the whispering sand dunes and crescent lake later. It shouldn't cost more than 150 yuan

The caves are cold do if you go in spring like we did, you'll need a coat when inside each cave.

Thank chirpyandcheerful
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

Great place, well organized and tells a compelling story. We had a super guide, Betty, went in low season when it was empty so had plenty of time to soak in the atmosphere. You really can feel that you are back on the Silk Road and praying for a good journey.

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Reviewed January 18, 2013

Incredible cave art spanning three distinguishable cultural eras, guided tours in English. Dress warmly and bring your own torch (flashlight), it is cool and dark in the caves to protect the treasures.

Thank lepekomu
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Reviewed December 15, 2012

We called in here on our way through not realising how long it takes to really explore this site. You really must schedule a full day to get the most out of this most impressive site.
Car parking is a good walk away and if you arrive as we did by motorcycle - they have no idea what to do with you so we ended up parked in the desert and walking even further. But it was well worth the walk.
You can pay extra for an English speaking guide - we didn't, and just followed the crowd. The caves themselves are in amazing condition with the statues and paintings in mostly excellent condition. Photography is banned yet everyone was taking pics with their phones.
Shame the Chinese have made the front look a bit like a council housing block but look beyond that. Shame also that there is no mention of the religious history, but I guess that's to be expected in a communist state.
The museum is excellent. There is food and drink available on site at reasonable prices and the whole site is clean and well maintained.
But my top tip is book a couple of nights in Dunguang and allow a full day to see it all.

Thank David W
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