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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
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Also known as the caves of the thousand Buddhas, so impressed and amazed with the Buddhist sculptures, paintings on walls & ceilings, statues made of clay inside the caves. Must watch moviesat their digital exhibition center before exploring the caves. You need to reserve entrance...More

Thank 924jacb
Reviewed 1 week ago

Truly an exceptional experience. All visits to the caves start at the modern visitor center where one is introduced to the whole experience via firstly 2 films 1) one that reenacts the history of Dunhuang and 2) a state of the art digital presentation in...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

one of the best preserve caves in my idea and very educational about Buddhism. Avoid going during the Golden holidays also its less crowded in the afternoon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On our trip to Xinjiang in May, one of the things we couldn’t arrange from home was the reservation of tickets for the caves. As often mentioned, the site of the Magao caves is not accessible for non-Chinese speaking foreigners. Perhaps a suggestion to get...More

1  Thank MarcelTraveller
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We joined the English tour thinking fewer people will join the group as there were many Chinese tourists. However, we were only brought to selective 4 caves to visit and we noticed that quite alot of caves were actually opened with Chinese tourist groups. We...More

Thank VeronAng
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Even if you’ve seen a lot of buddhas in Asia this place is mind blowing. The detail in the paintings 1700-1000 years old, of old Chinese life is fabulous. My best trip, get access to the “special caves” cost extra but it makes for a...More

1  Thank nesamoolian
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just a heads up: the English tour they had was at 11:30 a.m. I decided to go on the Chinese tour to get to the caves sooner. There is a video presentation at the museum before you actually head onto the buses out to the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the experience. Spent half a day there. The tour was well organised and there were crowds but not until the extent of jostling to get in. Liked the idea of having groups enter according to time given. Enjoyed the tour but wonder if they...More

Thank Soosee Q
Reviewed 10 June 2018

Carved into the cliffs above the Dachuan River, the Mogao Caves south-east of the Dunhuang oasis, Gansu Province, comprise the largest, most richly endowed, and longest used treasure house of Buddhist art in the world. It was first constructed in 366AD and represents the great...More

Thank 1john316
Reviewed 9 June 2018

The Mogao Caves were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1987 and situated at a strategic point along the Silk Route. The 492 cells and cave sanctuaries in Mogao are famous for their statues and wall paintings which spanning more than 1,000 years of...More

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수진 박
22 April 2018|
Response from Paul B | Reviewed this property |
I suggest you ask the person at the ticket counter when you purchase the ticket. I suspect that they would fit you into a later group, provided that there is space, but you would have to confirm with them.
Adam R
28 January 2018|
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Response from cdvanha | Reviewed this property |
I saw several people carry cameras with them. It should be allowed, but in certain caves you cannot take pictures. On the outside pictures are allowed. I recommend keeping your camera with you.
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