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Mogao Caves

West of Hexi Zoulang, Dunhuang 736200, China
+86 937 886 9060
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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
+86 937 886 9060
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was really surprised we enjoyed this as much as we did. Definitely do these if you are in the area.

Thank rkontes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had been to two of three famous Buddhist caves in China before. This is 3rd one. It is more colorful than the other two are. Only 6000 people can be allowed to get into 8 caves every day. It's better to book tickets online.

1  Thank xingwanlilu
Reviewed 1 week ago

The caves have some stunning old Buddhist art and statues and are worth all the walking up and down stairs to view. They only open so many caves each day. We got our tickets through the Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel for the English tour the...More

1  Thank kathy_rodgers
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were exploring Dunhuang: caves and dunes.Stuning views, big piece of Silk Road history. We have had great guide - Henry Zhang 张洪利 from Dunhuang China International Travel Service - very knowledgeable and friendly.

Thank Juozas
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Chinese Govt. have done a terrific job of preserving and presenting these caves. The two movies beforehand are excellent as a lead in to these Buddhist grottoes carved out from the 4th to 14th centuries. The movie presented on an overhead domed screen of...More

Thank Archaeobuff
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Devotional temples carved out of the soft rock with beautifully preserved wall paintings (because of the dry air). Although the site looks crowded, the guides each have a different selection of caves, so that there is always room to view in comfort - note that...More

Thank ArtyGr
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must visit. The caves are well preserved and provide an amazing historical and cultural experience. The surrounding desert landscape is lovely. Great way to spend half a day.

Thank cdvanha
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a fabulous collection of Buddhist art. The attached museum was well curated and worth visiting

Thank Pat L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is an amazing place to visit It consists of thousands of caves carved into the mountain One has to ride their shuttle bus from the main entrance to the site You need a ticket (which can be bought on line)to get in They only...More

Thank Allan & Amy T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you are anywhere near Dunhuang then I fully suggest visiting these caves. They are a precious treasure. While thieves and foreign archeologists have pilfered many things, the local authorities have done a great job of preserving the remaining artifacts and ensuring the site is...More

Thank Rillakuma_in_space
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Anthony B
11 August 2017|
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Response from bamboobwah | Reviewed this property |
almost any hotel or guest house book it free. we waited less then a day
Thuy T
11 July 2017|
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Response from iamface | Reviewed this property |
Hi Thuy, since may-oct is peak season. it also has number of control for 6000 ticket daily. suggest you do the pre-booking earlier if you just have one day available. p.s. Mogao Caves has some contingency plan in case over... More
25 June 2017|
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Response from Jim B | Reviewed this property |
Everything was handled in advance by our tour operator who arranged a private guided tour for us. It was expensive but worth every penny we paid. If you're into Buddhism, seeing the caves at your leisure is a must.