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Located in the Gobi desert, the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas feature beautiful wall fresco paintings and more than 3,000 sculptures dating from the forth to the fourteenth century.
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West of Hexi Zoulang, Dunhuang 736200, China
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

An absolute highlight of our trip to Dunhuang! A very professional approach at the Caves Visitor Centre. At 2 pm, we watched 2 short films first with English translation headphones - the first on the Silk Road & the origin of the Grottoes & the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Mogao Cave definite is the high light of the whole Silk Road trip, it is a place we learned in history books while growing up, now we are actually here, how incredible! It was sad that a lot of caves had been looted by foreign...More

Thank Chiachen W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you can speak Chinese, then you could make an online reservation with “local visitor” option. Fill in where it says ID number with your passport number, you could pick up the ticket at a ticket window on site and join a Chinese speaking group....More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The whole experience is scripted from start to finish. The site is amazing and well presented. Crowds well behaved. 2 million plus visitors in 2018 and rising.

Thank Lankylee
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a fabulous place, unfortunately the only way to see it is with the help of a guide, who is employed at the sight. You get herded around with other tourists who speak your language and are forced to stand there and listen to...More

1  Thank Ph0enix1982
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a must see I have seen many many ancient sites in and around this part of the planet and this has to be one of the best if you have come this far go and see The Jade Gate which was a high...More

1  Thank PB852014
Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

Contrary to what’s been circulated about the need for foreigners to reserve tickets for Mogao Grottoes prior to a visit, I’ll share my experience today. There is apparently no need for that. There are tickets reserved specially for foreigners - this is sensible since there...More

4  Thank evelynhosm
Reviewed 7 August 2018

So many information of religion, culture, lives of people who lived in an incredible place thousand years ago. I stood in one of the caves and seemed that I hear the sounds of camels, sounds of the carving, painting, and the whispering of people to...More

2  Thank Huyen L
Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

On our self-organised trip through China we put Dunhuang on our itinerary more by coincidence coming from Xi’an, Kashgar and Urumqi on our way to Beijing. Of course we followed our travel guide book’s recommendation to visit Mogao Caves. Glad we did, because what we...More

1  Thank Horst V
Reviewed 31 July 2018

We travelled in late May to Dunhuang and arranged this visit the day before. We were very pleased with our experiences here and found it relatively easy to get around since it is a small town. We hired a car via the tourist information centre...More

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19 August 2018|
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Response from evelynhosm | Reviewed this property |
Hi iwannabe The Mogao Grottoes are in Dunhuang. Once in Dunhuang, get a taxi to take you to the Mogao Grottoes Visitor Centre, where you can purchase your ticket and be led through the entire process of two background... More
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23 April 2018|
Response from Paul B | Reviewed this property |
I suggest you ask the person at the ticket counter when you purchase the ticket. I suspect that they would fit you into a later group, provided that there is space, but you would have to confirm with them.
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28 January 2018|
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Response from cdvanha | Reviewed this property |
I saw several people carry cameras with them. It should be allowed, but in certain caves you cannot take pictures. On the outside pictures are allowed. I recommend keeping your camera with you.