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Yulin Grottoes
Top 1 in Can't Miss Attractions

216 Reviews
Historical SiteGrotto
Liked by 4
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 2-3 hours
Address: Guazhou, Jiuquan, China
Phone: 4009971608

What people are saying:

The Murals of Yulin Grottoes are exquisite, the tickets are reasonable, and the management of the scenic area is very good. The staff is serious and kind. Everyone should come and see if there is a chance. Guazhou is not far from Dunhuang. Come early and see

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  • bjnomads

    Worthwhile stop

    A nice stop , worth visiting grottoes without the massive crowds of Mogao- you will likely be alone. Not as comprehensive or as impressive as Mogao but still quite amazing. Most of the caves are r...

    Reviewed on /Date(1523055980000+0800)/
  • iamface
    hong kong

    worth to visit as it still keeping raw stuff inside the cave

    since that remote location & not too many tourist visit currently. it still keeping raw stuff inside the cave, it was so beautiful and near around also peaceful & pretty. price also acceptable. worth ...

    Reviewed on /Date(1495751914000+0800)/
  • Florence B
    Florence B

    Spectacular ! Less Crowded and As Interesting as the Mogao Grottoes!

    We were very impressed by this site. The Yulin river flowing on each side of the caves adds a peaceful dimension to this visit. We were practically the only group there when we visited in early June. ...

    Reviewed on /Date(1433882834000+0800)/
  • ZhaoXiuMei
    Singapore, Singapore

    Peaceful place

    We went with a tour group. The caves were by the side of Yulin river. The whole place is one of peace and calm From the car park, we had to climb a flight of steps downward. We were shown 5 caves...

    Reviewed on /Date(1430276216000+0800)/
  • imd12xl
    Los Angeles

    Worth visiting - nice paintings

    The tour showed us about 6 caves. Although, this is not as much of a tourist attraction site as the Mogao Caves, I had a great experience here. The tour guide's English was great. The paintings were g...

    Reviewed on /Date(1402459071000+0800)/

Additional Information


Yulin Grottoes are a part of Dunhuang Grottoes, carved before the Sui and Tang dynasties. The existing caves are from the Tang, Xixia, and Yuan dynasties. Yulin Grottoes share a lot with its sister Mogao Grottoes in content, artistic style, and painting form. Its value is mainly manifested in the exquisite murals, including Buddhas and Bodhisattva portraits, scenes of Buddhist stories, and a wide variety of flowers and beasts. Most of the murals are works made from a time stretching from the Tang Dynasty to the Yuan Dynasty. Some images are unique in these grottoes, such as the portrait of the military officers in the Xixia period, the Buddhist monk of Tang Dynasty going on a pilgrimage for scriptures, and so on.
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