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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 4 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting and beautiful. But book tickets in advance, especially if traveling during any Chinese holiday period. The museum there is worth a visit.

Thank Rich8783
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The historic site is so impressive. The tour was well-organised, clear and our guide was very professional and friendly. Definitely a must-visit sight in China. I was impressed by how much the government is doing to preserve this site. Side note: We went to Dunhuang...More

Thank moumou199
Reviewed 11 December 2017

Hugely impressive Buddhist cave complex with breaktaking images. Very well organised in the way of the PRC, a couple of super movies to watch before visiting the caves which made up a little for the fact that no photography is allowed. Needs at least half...More

Thank Queenscout
Reviewed 26 November 2017

I flew from Kuala Lumpur via Airasia to Xian, took a train to Lanzhou, spent a night at Lanzhou and from Lanzhou took another night train to Dunhuang. I spent 2 nights in Dunhuang. The first attraction I visited was this Mogao Caves which was...More

5  Thank soh_kien_peng
Reviewed 15 November 2017

Not only a highlight of Dunhuang but one of the highlights of all western China. The caves are amazing especially the couple of really big and ornate ones. They have a great new visitor center that shows two different films to start your tour. One...More

Thank TheTravelPirate
Reviewed 10 November 2017

An amazing spot that must be visited when anywhere near Dunhuang. You only visit a few of the many caves. Each is unique and provide eye-popping rock painting, sculptures and insights into Buddhism. There is also a great museum nearby.

Thank Robert C
Reviewed 6 November 2017

We spent one morning at the Mogao Caves. First at the visitors' center to watch 2 short films about the history of the caves. Then we rode the usual hop on hop off bus to the actual caves. We waited a bit to to form...More

Thank wt1986
Reviewed 6 November 2017

From the numerous reviews on Tripadvisor about capacity control, I became very concerned about getting a ticket for the English tour before I get to Dunhuang. My excellent tour guide/travel agency: Dunhuang Travel Guide service@dunhuangtravel.com, purchased a ticket for me on good faith. The two...More

1  Thank Catlady88
Reviewed 6 November 2017

Caves are well preserved. Crowds excessive, however tourists are moved quite efficiently. Shuttle from visitor center to the caves. It is a shame that photographs (without flash) are not allowed. told it was because of the fear it would slow movement of tourists.

Thank PGIT
Reviewed 2 November 2017

The building of the Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes or Caves (aka, Thousand Buddha Grottoes) commenced in 366 AD (pre-Qin), with continuing building and expansion taking place for the next 1,000 years. After the more than 1,000 years (and ten dynasties) of excavation, there are now more...More

Thank KodoDrummer
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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.