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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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  • 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 ce...  more »
  • Discovery of an exceptional site to share its wealth, its scope, its anteriority of 1500 years and its state of conservation. Just a few outdoor photos that represent only a small part of this jewel
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  • Had written guidebooks to be booked in advance, so you can join on the day was the morning 9:00 figures Exhibition Center went directly in front soon Japan Japanese tour of the nine staff in addition. However it is recommended to seek certainty, if you go to city or figures and Exhibition Center advance still.
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  • 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.
  • 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
  • I am always impressed by how the Chinese preserve and protect their heritages. Sometimes this protection causes pretty limit for visitors. The Mogao caves are the proof. To Mogao area you have to take Dunhuang geopark's sightseeing bus from Dunhuang city (about 20km). Visiting is restricted to the area in front of the restored caves. Photographs are only allowed in front of the 9-storey pagoda. I was a bit disappointed that the restored area looked like a stone hotel. Most of the doors of caves are locked to protect the great heritages inside. You only are allowed to visit some special caves under the guidance of local guides. These caves are small, but inside are magnificent Buddhist mural paintings that without the explanation of local guides it's difficult to understand the meaning of them. I hope to have an occasion to come back here again.
  • Amazing piece of history on the route of the silk road.
  • Interesting caves with amazing statues of Buddha
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