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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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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited the Mogao Caves off season in Dec 2018. Highly recommended as MUCH less people and no need to buy ticket in advance. Additional plus is that it’s half price... The movies in the beginning of the trip are interesting and help understand the historic...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank StefanSchuppi
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of the must visit places along the silk road , and dates back about 700-800 years ago. it is located just outside the city of Dunhuang. Dunhuang in the past used to be the frontier chinese city which faced the barbarian worlds...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Fred L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very well preserved treasure. Not all the caves are open to the public. Guided tours in different languages.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank mogolan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fascinating visit to grottos dug into the hillside with buddhas and paintings on the walls. During the visit one sees about 6 caves, with an explanation from an excellent English speaking guide. A must visit when staying in Dunhuang.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Charles N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was hoping the caves were in close to original condition but the Chinese government have turned this into a first rate tourist attraction with most caves blocked from view and standard tours taking you to designated caves only, everything is clean and meticulous, no...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 1 November 2018 via mobile

We went to the caves in late October 2018. The visit is not cheap (200rmb) but it was worth it. We had to watch two movies in the beginning... they were ok and semi informative. Then we got into a bus to drive to the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank franziskaasia
Reviewed 29 October 2018

Mogao Grottoes also known as the Thousand Buddha Caves. To visit the Buddha caves, need to spend a lot of energy to climb up and down the stone stairs to see the Buddha statues. The sculptural art decorating stone cave is the most impressive and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank sy3717
Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

At this location generations of monks and pilgrims created one of the worlds largest collection of Buddhist art, sculptures and architecture over a period of 1000 years. Today 492 of the caves are preserved and some of them are open to the public. The caves...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank iristaletta
Reviewed 17 October 2018

There is no reason to come to Dunhuang if you are not going to see the Mogao Caves. This incredible display of Buddhist icons, statuary and frescoes was buried by the desert for centuries only to be uncovered about 120 years ago. However, as a...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Bandoeagle
Reviewed 16 October 2018

truly an eye opener when looking at Chinese history and how the Europeans stole valuable artifacts and documents from the caves. The guided tours are worth it, particular after getting an overview in the well-made movies one can watch prior to enter into the shuttle...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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19 August 2018|
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Response from evelynhosm | Reviewed this property |
Hi iwannabe The Mogao Grottoes are in Dunhuang. Once in Dunhuang, get a taxi to take you to the Mogao Grottoes Visitor Centre, where you can purchase your ticket and be led through the entire process of two background... More
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22 April 2018|
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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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.