Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves (Kezi'er Qian Fo Dong)

Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves (Kezi'er Qian Fo Dong)

Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves (Kezi'er Qian Fo Dong)
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4.0 of 5 bubbles16 reviews
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mogolan
Tel Aviv, Israel662 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Friends
This caves are oldest than Mogao Caves. As in other caves they were stolen or robed. But still worth the visit.
Written 14 November 2018
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GariusHUNG
Hong Kong, China1,003 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
You can take picture about the surrounding area of cave for example the sculpture, the mountains and the river. But once you enter the cave, you can only use cellphone to take picture with the flash. There are lockers for you to place all your belongings including water bottles. There are security guide in front of the entrance, no bags can be allowed to bring in.
Please hire a local guide for the explanation, they got the key and they would open the door of the cave to let you in and then explain the remaining items and pictures. Good to know the history, what have been destroyed and left behinds.
Written 12 June 2017
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DOMINIQUE L
PARIS33 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Solo
I visited this place last october (individually).
I did not like it at all :
1) Although it could be interesting, you can visit only 6 caves (there are more than 300 caves), and this for a ridiculous entry price of more than 70 yuans. Furthermore, one of the 6 (very small) caves they show (and this very briefly), one has no interest at all (no paintings, just 2 big portraits of archeologists).
2) The local guides (compulsory) are paranoiac : they keep eyes on you so that you may not take photos even without flash.
3) This rule of forbidding pictures is really stupid : the photos would not harm the paintings ! The Chinese harmed much more the paintings in the past than the tourists would do now : the Muslims centuries ago and more recently the Red Guards defaced most of the paintings. Furthermore some of the archeologists removed some of the paintings ! What harm would a camera without flash do ?
4) They are completely paranoiac : there are cameras everywhere even in the small nice canyon nearby !
There are a lot of police ; when you go down from the caves, they check your smartphones and your camera to be sure you have not taken any photos.
5) I wanted to complain : I asked for the visitors book for this (of any authority to talk to). They said there was no book and no way to meet anybody.
So, an awful experience ; do not give your money to these people !!!!
Written 11 November 2016
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Hamelin
Paris, France3,580 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Family
Over 1500 years old. Pity that cave can not be taken in picture, however it remain an unbelievable experience. Most of paints have been stolen and gold on the bouda taken away .... But the rest is still absolute beauty. Do not miss.
Written 15 August 2016
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bethzhang
United Kingdom59 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
Our guide, Vdidn't speak much English so we were allowed to bring in our trip guide to help translate.

There were barely any other tourists on the site when we got there so we got a real sense of quiet and calm.

You have to leave your cameras and bags at the small shop at the bottom before you go in the caves and the prices for drinks were reasonable.

These don't compare to the Mongal grottoes but they are still worth a visit when you are in the area.

These Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves. Dating back to the 5th and 6th Centuries, this remarkable series of caves are said to be the earliest major Buddhist cave complex in China, older even than those at Mogao. Filled with frescoes and sculptures, the caves have been linked to the ancient Tocharian Kingdom and of the original 235 caves, some 135 remain still relatively intact.

However the paintings and frescoes are heavily damaged/removed and some of the most beautiful paintings are damaged by oxidation.
Written 29 June 2016
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Felicia B
Fort Pierce, FL896 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
The caves at Kizil are unique in so many ways. Art painted on the walls of caves that were paid for by wealthy merchants or politicians in the area of the ancient Silk Road, reveal the cross cultural influences of Persia, India, China and even Greece and Rome to a lesser extent.
Written 3 November 2014
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