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Mogao Caves

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

The place is rich of history. There are 3 major grottos to see. Inside not so big but we can see amazing art work. Provided with earphone while the guide explain the work. But no English. Chinese only. Before we see the caves. We were...More

Thank Y-Komar
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well organised great attraction, but plan your trip well: pick the right time, buy tickets in advance and definitely pre arrange a professional tour guide (connected to the local research institute).

Thank WBeijing
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Went here in the fall with one child aged 7 yrs. The rule is that everyone must go with a tour guide: heads up for blended families (Chinese and non-Chinese), they will make you go separately. Tickets must be booked in advance holiday times for...More

1  Thank maryinchina
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

This is a must see attraction, it starts with educational video's explaining the history of the caves. You are then transported by bus to the sight where you are greeted by a guide. In my case because we were foreigners we had one guide for...More

Thank Paige S
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,...More

Thank yEeVoNy25
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

Thank countingstars
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...More

1  Thank Vlady C
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...More

Thank yanbin20022002
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...More

1  Thank Eve420
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...More

2  Thank MartinBaxter58
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Hi, we are a family of 3 from the USA, speak only Cantonese and English, so we would prefer to have an English-speaking guide for the Mogao Caves. If we join a tour group in Hong Kong (they say their local guides in China will speak Putonghua only). Is it possible for the 3 of us to join an English-speaking guide at the Mogao Caves if we are going there with a Chinese tour group from Hong Kong?
7 May 2017|
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Response from maryinchina | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, If your your group has pre-purchased the tickets (which must be done a few days in advance) they will need to indicate Chinese or English. If you can, try to contact the tour agency and make your preference now... More
How to book a guide for the Mogao caves?
28 November 2016|
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Response from Tracy O | Reviewed this property |
When you buy your tickets be sure to tell them you want an English guide. I think they only have English guided tours at certain times of the day, so they will book your ticket during one of those slots. When I went inside... More
Did you need to book the caves tour in advance or did you just turn up on the day?
8 September 2016|
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Response from Cookie993 | Reviewed this property |
I was on an organised tour from Australia, so didn't have to buy my ticket. HOWEVER, the numbers allowed to visit each day are strictly controlled and you can only visit with a local guide. It is an extremely popular place... More