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Mogao Caves, Dunhuang

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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. Plan your visit to Mogao Caves and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Dunhuang trip itinerary maker website .
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  • As was expected during the National Day break, this place was super super crowded. It was pretty cool to go into the caves and see the Buddhas and art and if you're interested in ancient history then ...  more »
  • Historically very interesting place with some amazing caves and wall paintings. However you need to expect lots of people and you need to join a guided tour. There are more then 400 caves but you can ...  more »
  • We knew we needed to get tickets ahead of time, and it seemed like an impossible task without a Chinese bank account. After trying a few hotels like the people here suggested, we stumbled across Richa...  more »
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  • Please booking your ticket in few day advance if you plan to visit. Ticket run out fast. After you getting your ticket, follow tour is mandatory. Free and easy visit is restrict. Photo and video is not allow inside the cave. Recommend that your experience the 3D digital show for more detail explanation before you visit the cave. Free shuttle bus available from 3D digital show center to cave. Fees include.
  • Prepare to spend the whole day to explore properly. Once your mandatory tour is over, you are free to roam and climb the galleries. You can also follow other groups and go into caves your own guide skipped. The gallery and the exhibition center are also important. There are some classy magnets at the store too.
  • For a long time, I've had a love for China for its rich, colorful, and diverse lands, and, above all, cultural heritage. Just this one country has only so many to offer, from natural wonders to man-made marvels. A vast, endless collection of outstanding locations, and ethnic groups, lie await to be discovered and experienced by your own eyes and curiosity. The Mogao Caves are absolutely no exception.What this is is an array of 492 temples and 735 caves located within the desert oasis of Dunhuang, Gansu Province. If you seek adventure in China, this is a good example of a place where you can commence it. 加油!
  • Highly recommended Some tutorial guides explained perfectly I followed another guide during the tutorial walk as I felt that guide explained better than mine one This place is amazing
  • The visit to the Mogao caves was a very managed affair! There are only 6000 tickets per day for sale (RMB200 per tix) and u should buy the tickets ahead of time over the website or at the ticketing centre in town. After that, we took a cab to the starting point, the Mogao Caves experience centre, where we were treated to 2 movies that explained the history of the place. after that, a bus took us to the caves, about 15 minutes ride. A guide is then assigned to every group, where all of us had a headset fitted, so would hear her commentary. The Caves contain Buddha images and wall art, some of which date back to 100 BC, so every cave is LOCKED, and opened by the guide as we arrived. We toured 5-6 caves, where we have a chance to marvel at the artefacts and relics within. Unfortunately no photography of the cave contents were allowed. Still, this is one place u cannot miss when u're in Dunhuang.
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