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A poorer cousin to Mogao Caves

Xiqian Buddha (西千佛洞)is a smaller scale to Mogao (莫高窟). Less crowd as a result but nonetheless interesting especially if you get a good guide. Please remember to use your ears not... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2016
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Singapore, Singapore
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51 reviews
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Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

Xiqian Buddha (西千佛洞)is a smaller scale to Mogao (莫高窟). Less crowd as a result but nonetheless interesting especially if you get a good guide. Please remember to use your ears not your hands as photography is NOT allowed inside the caves as flashlight will spoil the wall paintings!

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1 Thank Eve420
Jiuzhaigou County, China
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30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2016

this is where the caves started but MoGao has become much more famous. There are periodic "tours" where one of the caretakers let in a group and see about 3 caves. Total time, including waiting for enough people to gather for a group was about 1 hour. The tour" lasted 20 minutes as you went in and looked and got... More 

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Ware, United Kingdom
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256 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2016

They weren't quite in the same league as the Mogao caves but all much earlier, so the cave drawings were very indian in style. The caves are all quite small but still amazing that they were drawn over 1000 years ago and some of the colours still look really fresh. Not many visitors here so we were the only 2... More 

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Lake Worth, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2015

Incredible part of the Silk Road--my experience, however was a tad different. These are magnificent caves with incredible wall paintings--and the Buddha's are mind-boggling. You enter through a large door into an absolutely huge room and an enormous awesome Buddha (each one is different). There is an ante-room, and then the cave. The floor between the two has a raised... More 

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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2015

These tombs are nice, but nowhere near as impressive as Mogao Caves or Yulin Caves. Visit these if you are a completionist. If you keep walking past the ticket office you will come to an attractive bend in the Dua River surrounded by cliffs. This is definitely worth visiting. You will have to wait for a tour group to fill... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2015

It's on your way to visiting Yadang geological park: so, why not? It's quiet and not many visitors. And this, I must say, is a big plus. But the downside is that the guides don't really expect you to show up. They will give you a guided tour but the quality of the service is nothing comparable to wat you... More 

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Leawood, Kansas
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2014

Inside there is a nice park for when you wait for other visitors since you at least 10 people to go. Not and spectacular as the Mogao caves. Also there is no English at this place. This is a great place and isn't that crowded. Come here if you have time and is happening to pass.

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Sherbrooke, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 457 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2013

This is not quite as good as the Mogao caves, there are not as many and they suffered more damage. There is also no guide speaking english. The upside is that there are very few people. Nice park to walk around while you wait for the guide. Not a must see.

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Auckland N Z
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76 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 May 2013

A small number of caves are open but if you have a guide ( excellent English spoken for us) you will have a great experience as they art work is slightly different from the Modgao caves, even earlier and a good contrast.It is a lovely settling too but a good guide is essential.Best to arrange through the centre at Mogao.

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shanghai
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Reviewed 19 August 2012 via mobile

Only 5 caves are open to the public and this is a pity, as each is a masterpiece of art. No explanation or tour in english is available. This is truly disappointing. Also, staff on site is extremely and unhelpful with foreign visitors. Despite all, these caves are worth a visit if you are in Dunhuang.

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