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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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Amazing Buddhist art

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Approximately 1000 years of Buddhist art and sculpture, the oldest of which are thought to date from the 4th century AD. They were rediscovered in the very early 20th century. Although called caves they are not natural caves but were dug out from the cliff face. It is thought that there were originally more than 1000 caves in the complex,... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

First brought to a modern looking building and to watch a film about the history of Dunhuang and another 4D show of Dunhuang caves. I thought the 4D show is quite a good way to appreciate the paintings in the caves as photography and lights are not allowed in the actual caves. After that we are transferred to the actual... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

It is located in the desert. One goes first to the tourist centre and a shuttle bus takes you to the caves at some distance away inside the desert. The various caves are locked up and one has to follow a guide to go in to see one cave at a time. I had seen an exhibition in Hong Kong... More 

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Dunhuang, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Travelled a long way to see these caves and the giant bhudda statues. You are limited to how many caves you can see but it was worth it. Nearby there is a less known western thousand bhudda caves which were just as amazing and the scenery more serene with a spiritual vibe.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

You must have a guide to see the Grotto's. Amazing 5th and 6th century painted caves with Buddha statues in the caves. Over 700 caves, we were able to see about 9 caves. Fabulous! Words can not describe how amazing these caves are.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

On the the Silk Route, at the crossroads of trade. There areactually 492 cells and cave sanctuaries in Mogao which are famous for their statues and wall paintings, spanning 1,000 years of Buddhist art. The ones you are allowed to see which are possibly 5 or 6 only will give you a good idea of what they might be like.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

culture is amazing in his area and it has a high level of activity good for my fat child teenager because she needs more exercise

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