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Mogao Caves, Dunhuang

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Must see · World heritage site · Cave · Religious Site
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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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  • Probably one of the most informative attractions I have been to in China. After buying tickets you go and watch 2 films in 2 different cinema rooms, which tell you all about the history and show some....  more
    Probably one of the most informative attractions I have been to in China. After buying tickets you go and watch 2 films in 2 different cinema rooms, which tell you all about the history and show some....  more »
  • In order to get to the ticket you go to the tourist center and buy your ticket from the window (you will need your passport).. A staff member found us in line and brought us headsets that had the... 
    In order to get to the ticket you go to the tourist center and buy your ticket from the window (you will need your passport).. A staff member found us in line and brought us headsets that had the...  more »
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  • Situated at a strategic point along the Silk Route, at the crossroads of trade as well as religious, cultural and intellectual influences, the 492 cells and cave sanctuaries in Mogao are famous for their statues and wall paintings, spanning 1,000 years of Buddhist art. 🇮🇳
  • Beautiful paintings and sculptures from ancient China over thirteen hundred years ago. It’s reflecting the life and belief of the people that lived at the time.

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