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Mogao Caves, Dunhuang

Categories: Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web
Examine painted, sculpted, and chiselled Buddhist treasures at Mogao Caves, which represent centuries of cultural exchange between China and other neighboring nations. First used by Buddhist monks as a place for meditation and worship, the cave has attracted many artisans throughout history who gradually turned the holy site into a depository of art. As you approach the cave complex on plank-reinforced roads, notice how stacked, man-made openings reach heights of up to 50 m (164 ft). Inside you can find an abundance of exquisite carved relief murals, clay statues, painted ceilings, and sidewalls, as well as a vast library containing thousands of manuscripts, printed images, and literary artwork. With a daily limit of 6,000 visitors, you have to reserve a ticket in advance. Take a look at our Dunhuang trip generator to schedule your visit to Mogao Caves and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • The high ticket price at 220 rmb per person (and lack of a student discount except Chinese students) may be off putting, especially considering the ubiquitous trend of charging entry to every last pos...  read more »
  • 對於佛教沒有研究的我,出發前很怕莫高窟對我而言距離太過遙遠,但過去曾讀過余秋雨在千年一嘆中關於莫高窟的描述,受到這篇文章的影響,一直十分好奇是什麼樣的文化寶藏,讓像余秋雨這般的文人有這麼多感慨。實際到達現場,在導遊的解說之下,對於莫高窟的距離拉的更近了一些,好奇古人在惡劣的自然環境下如何完成這一窟又一窟的曠世巨作,看到其中一尊大佛心中更是難掩感動! 到莫高窟注意事項一:請先上網預購門票(現場票十分...  read more »
  • One of the best things we did in China. Visited a number of the caves all of which astounded in their beauty. A very good knowledgable guide who provided a lot of information about the grottoes. Even ...  read more »
  • It's not a natural site to visit any more because of the exploitation due to millions of people coming here every year. Visit when it's not busy, not during summer or Chinese new year time. Lots of images on the walls were stolen by the westerners during the 1900s, just in case if you are wondering why it's not complete. Overall a good place to go and feel the history.
  • This is another major Chinese tourist attraction. The large reception building feels like a bus terminal. You will have to share your experience, which I had hoped intimate and intense, with hundreds of noisy local tourists, only interested in taking selfies. The price is outrageous: 240 rmb per person! Give it a miss.
  • A great place to the ticket prior
  • its beautiful!
  • 45 caves, 8th century Buddha statue left in the middle to Tenno image, statue, teachings image right Tathagata statue and bodhisattva statues, Tenno image cave 427, 6 to have stored the paintings in caves cave 130, height 26 m-high Buddha looks, 3-storey house in the 7th century in the front room to wrestlers of 4 m in height, back room 3 each past, now, future show the ceiling. Some remains in gold leaf. 285 cave, Room 9-6th century Buddha statues, murals, kaidan'in, Zen meditation with symbol tower, Mogao Caves in Minami-ku, Buddha images and murals decorated colorful prayer at Kita-ku is a frugal cave as monks ' residence and private.
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