Xiqian Buddha Caves
Xiqian Buddha Caves
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West of Dunhuang, Dunhuang 736200 China

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Travelfox
London, UK123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
They might not be as well preserved as the Mogao Caves due to their geological conditions, but they are impressive and of more communal, lived in character. Unfortunately only one statue from the Northern Zhou period is left (which is very rare!), even if the caves were not discovered by Western collectors.

When you visit, a local guide opens the caves for 3 people max. at the time and guides you, explaining intricate details that are unique to the caves (e.g. the Republican era face paintings, Tibetan and Uighur styles etc.). Not sure if they have English guides, however, but even if you don’t speak Chinese they’re still worth a visit for people interested in history.
Written 31 October 2020
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jtaylor946
Guangzhou, China786 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
We had visited the Mogao caves the day before. We visited here as part of a day tour. Some of the paintings in the caves were really beautiful and they are really ancient and original. However, the tour felt quite rushed. We went in 4 caves and were finished in 20 minutes. After introducing the caves, the guide moved to the next one very quickly. I would have liked to have more time to look around, but had to follow the group.
Written 1 January 2021
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duker tsering ganjia
Xining, China86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018
I been many times to Dunhuang mego Grottoes, it is too touristic for me, but the cave about 100km south of Dunhuang which named Yuling Caves are much more interesting, you can really closely enjoy the painting of thousand years old...
what i want let you know is this pictures is Yuling caves...no ideas why its named Xiqian.
Written 10 December 2018
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Elizabeth A
Lake Worth, FL1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
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 curb "to prevent even spirits from traveling from one room to another." I was behind the huge Buddha almost overcome with awe--and I suddenly realized my group had exited the cave and I was there alone. It was closing, they began closing the door and I began toward it--but in just a moment it was pitch black--and all I could think of was that curb between rooms--how would I ever know where it was? I was calling out "wait for me!" "I'm still here." Outside, I heard someone say "Is everyone out." I heard my husband's voice respond "Yes, everyone's out." Someone said "Somebody's in there." Again, my husband said "No. Everyone's out." Finally, they all heard--re-opened the door as I ran out in a small panic that has provided many laughs from that date (1996) to this. We LOVED it. You will too. -- Elizabeth Rann Arrott
Written 6 September 2015
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eVe 🇸🇬🇸🇬🇸🇬
Singapore, Singapore1,214 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
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!
Written 6 November 2016
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rosie38c
Harpenden, UK406 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Solo
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 people looking but the man hung around outside to make sure no photos :)
Written 6 April 2016
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YorkHiker
Yorkshire, UK1,390 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Solo
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 and a gap to visit the caves - access is controlled. Try to get an English guide, a lot more will be added. No photos allowed inside the caves.
Written 29 August 2015
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Bally1966
Hong Kong, China215 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
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 can get at Mogao Caves.

So, I left the place with mixed feelings. I quite enjoyed seeing the caves in a slower pace and in a quiet environment. But then its management is way below the expected standard. Still, if you want to take a break in midst of your journey to Yadang and Yumen, visit this place.
Written 11 April 2015
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Mary-53-2004
Auckland N Z138 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Couples
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.
Written 2 May 2013
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nathan l
Netanya, Israel884 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Friends
another set of temple caves, less visited and less preserved, and still worthwhile visiting if time permits.
Written 20 December 2018
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