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Address: West of Hexi Zoulang, Dunhuang 736200, China
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Located in the Gobi desert, the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas feature...

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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must visit place in china

must visit place in china. that was quite beautiful & wonderful place. the printing quite good & elegant and refinement. the story also quite interesting & meaningful as we have a... read more

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

must visit place in china. that was quite beautiful & wonderful place. the printing quite good & elegant and refinement. the story also quite interesting & meaningful as we have a professional guide who provided us quite informative sharing. we visited here 2 times also went into many different cave. that was good for joining such research tour for it.

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Indonesia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The place is rich of history. There are 3 major grottos to see. Inside not so big but we can see amazing art work. Provided with earphone while the guide explain the work. But no English. Chinese only. Before we see the caves. We were brief with in 2 movies theater. With the history and the making of the magao... More 

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Beijing, China
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well organised great attraction, but plan your trip well: pick the right time, buy tickets in advance and definitely pre arrange a professional tour guide (connected to the local research institute).

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Beijing, China
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Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

Went here in the fall with one child aged 7 yrs. The rule is that everyone must go with a tour guide: heads up for blended families (Chinese and non-Chinese), they will make you go separately. Tickets must be booked in advance holiday times for sure, not sure about other times. Reason for separate tours they say is language guide... More 

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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

This is a must see attraction, it starts with educational video's explaining the history of the caves. You are then transported by bus to the sight where you are greeted by a guide. In my case because we were foreigners we had one guide for the three of us. Her English was not great but you could understand most of... More 

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Reviewed 15 January 2017

We were first ushered into a dome theatre where the effects and visuals were amazing, explaining how the Grotto came about. Basically the Grotto was built by a Buddhist Monk who had a vision of a thousand Buddhas bathed in golden light at the site, inspiring him to build a cave here. The monk was joined by other monks and... More 

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Reviewed 24 December 2016

The intro to the caves comprises two well made re-enactment videos, all very impressive. Our English speaking guide was really patient and knowledgable about the silk road's history

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Reviewed 17 November 2016

The Magao caves are one of the most elaborate and exquisite I've ever seen. The Buddhist wall paintings and sculptures (some 75 meter tall) that they contain are nothing short of spectacular. Its mesmerizing to go from cave to cave (some open to the general public and some not due to conservation issues) and explore that cave art developed over... More 

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Urumqi, China
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Reviewed 16 November 2016

You have to at least visit Maogao in a lifetime, actually should be three or four times as there are so much to see here, paintings, sculptures, sutras, temples, caves etc. I recommend to visit some of the special caves with additional cost, but worth doing. It takes more time as you have to watch 2 documents films before the... More 

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Reviewed 5 November 2016

I visited Mogao Caves in mid Oct 2016 and it was the most expensive attraction throughout my visit in Gansu but I must say I enjoyed it as it is really amazing to view the invaluable cave paintings dated centuries ago. One would appreciate this place better if one read the history of the place before visiting. We had spent... More 

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