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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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  • I went to 2017 / 11 / 22 and 23. Was not in season ticket booking center of Dunhuang city. Directly in the Mogao cave Exhibition Centre buy tickets on the day. You can see the General Cave, off season 12 "on the first day. And so often want to see special cave tomorrow season had 6 caves and... evening was in the Exhibition Center morning 930 to come. While talking on the ticket of the day to take the bus from the exhibition centre to the Mogao grottoes. Peek at the Mogao Caves Office and special reception and Japan to show. Men's (managers) are fluent in a polite way of Japan. Special caves, which are 150 Yuan (# 10) to 200 Yuan (impossible in a repaired one in six). 200 Yuan, 5. 200 from x 17 Yen × 5 = 17000 yen Xi'an Shaanxi Provincial History Museum is 300 former Exhibition Hall there are 45, 57220, 158321... etc. cave is Tang-sweet whey or repair statues after or replaced with the age of the caves a little bit disappointing. Special caves are just taking your money. I think I'm cheap. Me many, many times, I wanted to in... though, still 45, 57 "(beautiful caves) is treasures treasures from all over the world. Also have left traces including Japan, Europe and America powers but unfortunately I have a heart. Japan guide was helpful. It said reduced the Japanese recently. Visit the Mogao... come and also special caves including.
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  • 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 attractio...  more »
  • 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 sh...  more »
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  • Amazing place ! Full of history. Very good organization. It seems to be a bit expensive but it definitively worth it.
  • amazing place, you can find kinds of mural in caves from ancient worlds.
  • We visited in 2002. Of the many wonders of the ancient world I have had the privilege to visit, the Mogao Caves are my favorite. The efforts being taken to preserve these treasures are considerable. Yet every effort was made to allow me to experience the caves in the broadest possible range. I hope to return again someday. For me, one visit is not enough.
  • I am always impressed by how the Chinese preserve and protect their heritage. 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.
  • Highly recommended to see history coming alive. It's amazing to see wall paintings from more than 1000 years ago, some of which the colours are still vivid.

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