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Mogao Grottoes
Top 2 in Can't Miss Attractions

6,628 Reviews
UNESCO World Heritage-Cultural SiteGrotto
Liked by 33
Open Open from 12/01-03/31,9:00am-5:30pm;Open from 04/01-11/30,8:00am-6:00pm
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 3-4 hours
Address: 25 km southeast of Dunhuang City, Jiuquan City, on the cliffs on the west bank of the Songshan Mountains
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Phone: 400-833-3715 0937-8825000 0937-8825166 0937-8825066

What people are saying:

We liked that as foreigners you are allowed to join chinese speaking tour I think they only have twice a day english speaking tour and we were there too late for that. however i think it is very shot tour that even with Chinese speaking, I wish it was longer. you are not allowed to get in without a tour guide. they open and close the door for you at every spots. You can pay more to see 8 spots but we pay for 4 spots since we arrived a bit late. Also, you will have to pay few hundreds RMB more to get english guide. It is a nice place to visit but It is really too short to enjoy each spots 😔

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  • 246StephenC

    Walking through history

    This is the highlight of our Dunhuang trip. It is a World Cultural Site as well as UNESCO Global Geopark and trust me, it’s well worth a visit. If you are driving, then be sure to navigate to the Ti...

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  • S8645RUsteves


    The two films about Dunhuang and the caves were interesting and good quality. The caves, however, were disappointing. The facade of the caves was surprising as it is covered in cement and aluminum doo...

    Reviewed on /Date(1596547475000+0800)/
  • Gordon T
    Gordon T
    Phoenix, AZ

    Historic Mogao Caves

    The Mogao Grottoes (Caves) is one of the must see places while traveling around Dunhuang China because of its historic and religious significance from centuries old civilizations. The Mogao Caves vis...

    Reviewed on /Date(1578990063000+0800)/
  • conradp859

    Unique experience

    These man made caves and grottoes are situated along the ancient Silk Road. Access is strictly controlled so any caves that you particularly want to see must be arranged in advance. Otherwise you will...

    Reviewed on /Date(1577720338000+0800)/
  • Wsea3h

    Not what we expected

    The ticket is expensive. We were led to 2 rooms to view movies about the history of the caves, then got up the bus to the site. The guide waited where we queued and gave us the earphones. When guests ...

    Reviewed on /Date(1577323792000+0800)/

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Additional Information


The Mogao Caves, also called Caves of the Thousand Buddhas, is located in the southeast of Dunhuang city. The Mogao Caves scenic area consists of the Mogao Caves Digital Center and the Mogao Caves. The Mogao Caves Digital Center shows short films about the caves. After thousands of years of carving, the caves have a large number of murals, cultural relics, and etc. It's a world-famous Buddhist art destination. The artistic characteristics of the caves are mainly reflected in the ingenious combination of architecture, statues and Dunhuang murals, and the artistic styles of many dynasties are vividly and harmoniously presented.
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Available Amenities

󰄪Device charging
󰄢Luggage storage
󰄩Shuttle bus
󰄦Audio guide rental
󰄝Stroller rental
󰄨Smoking area
󰄧Baby room
󰄫Barrier-free access
󰄮Vending machine
󰄰Convenience store
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