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Mogao Caves

West of Hexi Zoulang, Dunhuang 736200, China
+86 937 886 9060
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  • Average5%
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“buddhist art”(19 reviews)
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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.
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West of Hexi Zoulang, Dunhuang 736200, China
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+86 937 886 9060
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"in advance"
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"buddhist art"
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"english tour"
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"visitor center"
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"silk road"
in 36 reviews
"per day"
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"wall paintings"
in 13 reviews
"world heritage site"
in 6 reviews
"no photography"
in 6 reviews
"actual site"
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"giant buddha"
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"shuttle bus"
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"buy your tickets"
in 4 reviews
"tang dynasty"
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"without flash"
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"low season"
in 7 reviews
"western china"
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

First you get to.see 2 movies about the history of Dunhuang and the caves. They where quite good. After that you go with loads of others in the shuttles to the caves. The apearance from out side shocked me. To conservate the caves they build...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The visit to the Mogao caves was a very managed affair! There are only 6000 tickets per day for sale (RMB200 per tix) and u should buy the tickets ahead of time over the website or at the ticketing centre in town. After that, we...More

Thank Michael C
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Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

The entrance must be accompanied by guided tour. We can visit at least 5 caves depending on the guide. However, after the tour, we are released to walk freely. The entrance fee is approx 100 RMB. This place has very long history. It is not...More

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Reviewed 7 April 2018

A wonderful experience viewing 1000-1500 year old art - sculpture and painting well preserved. The first step is to watch some introductory movies in a audiovisual center and then you are herded onto a bus for a brief 10 min drive. We elected to do...More

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Reviewed 29 March 2018

Driver and guide pick up at hotel and no line up to enter the Grotto site with on-site english speaking guide who is professional and provide right info for the opened caves and I realised I come at the good low season and I was...More

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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

The Chinese government-managed tour and restricted access to the caves could have been a drawback, but their system worked well and we left with a good sense of the caves’ history, religious context, and artistic features. Although it appears as if you could drive up...More

Thank Paul B
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Reviewed 12 February 2018

Book your tickets before you go, we were told that you cannot get tickets at the gate. Mind that you can only visit 8 caves per visit. Rare treasure of humans.

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Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

Interesting and beautiful. But book tickets in advance, especially if traveling during any Chinese holiday period. The museum there is worth a visit.

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Reviewed 20 December 2017

The historic site is so impressive. The tour was well-organised, clear and our guide was very professional and friendly. Definitely a must-visit sight in China. I was impressed by how much the government is doing to preserve this site. Side note: We went to Dunhuang...More

Thank moumou199
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Reviewed 11 December 2017

Hugely impressive Buddhist cave complex with breaktaking images. Very well organised in the way of the PRC, a couple of super movies to watch before visiting the caves which made up a little for the fact that no photography is allowed. Needs at least half...More

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수진 박
22 April 2018|
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Response from Paul B | Reviewed this property |
I suggest you ask the person at the ticket counter when you purchase the ticket. I suspect that they would fit you into a later group, provided that there is space, but you would have to confirm with them.
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Adam R
28 January 2018|
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Response from cdvanha | Reviewed this property |
I saw several people carry cameras with them. It should be allowed, but in certain caves you cannot take pictures. On the outside pictures are allowed. I recommend keeping your camera with you.
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Anthony B
11 August 2017|
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Response from bamboobwah | Reviewed this property |
almost any hotel or guest house book it free. we waited less then a day
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