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The Mogao Caves

GanSu DunHuang Mogao Caves

Address: Dunhuang, Jiuquan, Gansu, China
Visting Time:3 Hours
Hours: Open today · 8AM–5:30PM
Phone: +86 937 886 9060
Designated as world heritage site: 1987
Tickets:200 RMB/Per

The Mogao Caves (莫高窟;), also known as the Thousand Buddha Grottoes (千佛洞;), form a system of 492 temples 25 km (16 mi) southeast of the center of Dunhuang, an oasis strategically located at a religious and cultural crossroads on the Silk Road, in Gansu province, China. The caves may also be known as the Dunhuang Caves, however, this term is also used as a collective term to include other Buddhist cave sites in and around the Dunhuang area, the Western Thousand Buddha Caves, Eastern Thousand Buddha Caves, Yulin Caves, and Five Temple Caves. The caves contain some of the finest examples of Buddhist art spanning a period of 1,000 years. The first caves were dug out in 366 AD as places of Buddhist meditation and worship. The Mogao Caves are the best known of the Chinese Buddhist grottoes and, along with Longmen Grottoes and Yungang Grottoes, are one of the three famous ancient Buddhist sculptural sites of China.

The Mogao CavesAn important cache of documents was discovered in 1900 in the so-called “Library Cave,” which had been walled-up in the 11th century. The contents of the library were subsequently dispersed around the world, and the largest collections are now found in Beijing, London, Paris and Berlin, and the International Dunhuang Project exists to coordinate and collect scholarly work on the Dunhuang manuscripts and other material. The caves themselves are now a popular tourist destination, with a number open for visiting. more info

The Mogao Caves are located 16 miles (25km) southeast of Dunhuang and can be reached by city bus from outside the Dunhuang Hotel or Silk Road Hotel or by taxi.

How To Get To Mogao Caves From DunHuang

By Taxi
By Bus

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GanSu DunHuang Mogao Caves Travel Guide

  • camera, selfie, luggage…. forbidden to bring into cave,you can store at the gate.
  • after you buy admission tickets, you can visit 8 caves, further if you want into special cave, still buy extra tickets including tour guide.
  • 莫高窟现在在敦煌市区附近有个集散中心,然后看完球幕电影,坐短驳车前往景区,景区分成25-30一队参观,每个队伍旺季能看8个窟,特窟要另外付钱。
  • 莫高窟窟内不能拍照,虽然可以带相机进去,但千万别偷偷地拍,会被抓的!
  • 莫高窟必须提前在网上订票,每天数量有限!而且需要精确到几点!
  • 预订网站是://
  • 大家别以为预订了几点,过了时间去也行,千万别这样!预订的时间就是球幕电影开始的时间,必须提前到达,并且排队安检入场,千万别错过球幕电影,实在太震撼太好看了!不看会后悔!

The Mogao Caves

The Mogao Caves