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Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves

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Address: Shengjin Country, Turpan 838000, China
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The site is more interesting than the caves

After visiting Dunhuang, the inside appear pale, but it puts some perspective to the historical progression. The site is grand in the Fleming mountain.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 October 2016
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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

This place is cool to visit on the back side of the flaming mountain. The sights are amazing and a huge change from the oasis not far away. It gives you a feeling of really being in the desert. The caves are a nice place to visit with their ancient Buddhist drawings. Unfortunately, most of them were defaced and ruined... More 

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Jackson, Wyoming
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

On my archaeological tour of Xinjiang this was a good if not absolutely imperative stop. The take away here was the clear historical relativist implication in the written material that the archaeologists who came in the early 1900's were little more than looters who took out some of the best frescoes only to have them destroyed when the Berlin Museums... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

After visiting Dunhuang, the inside appear pale, but it puts some perspective to the historical progression. The site is grand in the Fleming mountain.

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Beijing
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Date of visit: 18/09/2016 Price: 40 yuan There are beautiful remaining paints of Buddhas and the surrounding is beautiful so even if most of the caves were closed when I visited the site I think it worth it because it's not expansive and it's very close to the Flaming mountain site. How to go to Turpan (吐鲁番) from Urumqi (乌鲁木齐):... More 

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Sandnes, Norway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

The caves are a few rooms carved into the cliff, though there reconstructed mudbrick buildings covering them. Most of the murals in the caves were looted so there's not a lot to actually see inside the caves besides traces of the few remaining murals. Very scenic drive out which is half the excuse to visit this location.

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Prior Lake, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Destroying different religions historical monuments isn't a new thing. By going here I found out that Muslims from hundreds of years ago were destroying Buddhist holy cites. These caves are full of Buddha paintings but since depicting a face is outlaws in Islam almost all of the faces of the Buddhas in these cave have been chipped away. With that... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

Not even half of the grottoes are open to public, and the ones open don't have much left to see. Luckily we didn't have too many groups there but still not as peaceful as it should be.

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Mollymook, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

Setting is stunning - red clay brings it all alive. Well worth the detour . The caves that are open give an appreciation of life in that era.

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Frisco, texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

A nice setting/location, away from Turpan, in a desert. Pity that only a few caves are open, and that the paintings have had the eyes scrapped away. There was an Uyghur gentleman playing a local stringed instrument, which sounded very nice in this remote area.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

This is no Mogao Grottoes but is a small selection of caves that have been badly plundered and damaged, only around 4-5 caves were open when we visited but it was beautiful to see and get the sense of religious life in the area. If you are pushed for time it might not be worth the detour to go to... More 

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