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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 4 weeks ago

These caves are impressive, with sculptures and paintings in very good conditions despite being 1200-1500 years old. There are even original wooden doors from that period! Also, the documentary offered prior to the caves visit is extremely informative and interesting. A must see all around!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank BD_Y1974
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this is one of the world wonders, and everyone that admires art history and spirituality, must visit. don't miss the museum.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank NATHAN1909
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don’t even mention that you have been to DunHuang if you miss Mogao Cave. Impressive! Limited tickets are available per day, and tickets have to be booked in advance. Visitors are not allowed to go in on your own. Each group is guided (guarded) by...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Daphne_Chan
Reviewed 1 December 2018 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 14 November 2018

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 13 November 2018

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 11 November 2018

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 6 November 2018

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
1  Thank kyushin
Reviewed 31 October 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
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18 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
22 April 2018|
Response from paulrbaldwin | 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.