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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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A Visit that Left me in Awe.!

We were first ushered into a dome theatre where the effects and visuals were amazing, explaining how the Grotto came about. Basically the Grotto was built by a Buddhist Monk... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 January 2017
Singapore, Singapore
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

We were first ushered into a dome theatre where the effects and visuals were amazing, explaining how the Grotto came about. Basically the Grotto was built by a Buddhist Monk who had a vision of a thousand Buddhas bathed in golden light at the site, inspiring him to build a cave here. The monk was joined by other monks and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

The intro to the caves comprises two well made re-enactment videos, all very impressive. Our English speaking guide was really patient and knowledgable about the silk road's history

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

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 16 November 2016

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 5 November 2016

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 2 November 2016

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 29 October 2016

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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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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