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Xiqian Buddha Caves, Dunhuang

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  • Xiqian Buddha (西千佛洞)is a smaller scale to Mogao (莫高窟). Less crowd as a result but nonetheless interesting especially if you get a good guide. Please remember to use your ears not your hands as photogr...  more »
  • this is where the caves started but MoGao has become much more famous. There are periodic "tours" where one of the caretakers let in a group and see about 3 caves. Total time, including waiting for en...  more »
  • They weren't quite in the same league as the Mogao caves but all much earlier, so the cave drawings were very indian in style. The caves are all quite small but still amazing that they were drawn over...  more »