Mogao Caves

Mogao Caves, photo by Yaohua2000
Mogao Caves (photo by Yaohua2000)
 

The Mogao Caves form a system of 492 temples built into dugout caves, strategically located at a religious and cultural crossroads on the Silk Road, in Gansu province.

The caves are the best known of the Chinese Buddhist grottoes and are one of the famous ancient Buddhist sculptural sites of China, and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

They are now a popular tourist destination, with a number open for visiting.

The nearby oasis town of Dunhuang provides the primary base for visiting both the caves the larger desert region.

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Only a 2-minute walk from the ticket centre of Mogao Caves, Dunhuang Han Tang Hotel features accommodation decorated in Han and Tang dynasties' design. It offers free WiFi, table tennis table, car rental service and an on-site restaurant. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 7.1/10.

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Dunhuang Silk Yododo Inn

Dunhuang Silk Yododo Inn

Featuring free WiFi in all areas, Dunhuang Silk Yododo Inn offers accommodation. Free parking is available. Leiyin Temple is 1.5 km from Dunhuang Silk Yododo Inn. Dunhuang Longquan Villa is 1.6 km from the property. Average score from 28 guest reviews: 9.3/10.

$24

 
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Tian Run International Hotel Dunhuang

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Offering a restaurant, Tian Run International Hotel Dunhuang is located in Dunhuang. Free WiFi access is available. Tian Run International Hotel Dunhuang is housed a 10-minute drive to Crescent Lake. Bus Line 3 is also in the near surroundings. Average score from 67 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

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Xing Xin Hotel

Xing Xin Hotel

Xing Xin Hotel features spacious guest rooms with flat-screen TV TV. Free WiFi access is available in all areas. Xing Xin Hotel is 13 km from Dunhuang Airport and Dunhuang Railway Station. Mogao Caves is 25 km away. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 8.2/10.

$19

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Dunhuang Han Tang Hotel

Dunhuang Han Tang Hotel

Only a 2-minute walk from the ticket centre of Mogao Caves, Dunhuang Han Tang Hotel features accommodation decorated in Han and Tang dynasties' design. It offers free WiFi, table tennis table, car rental service and an on-site restaurant. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 7.1/10.

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Dun Yue Farmhouse

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$18

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Carnival Boutique Hotel

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Yuequan Inn

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Yue Quan Xiao Zhuang Inn

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Kaisheng Hotel Dunhuang

Kaisheng Hotel Dunhuang

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$23

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Wangshi Ruyan Coffee Inn Dunhuang

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Lanting Inn

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Dunhuang Shaquan Farmstay

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Dunhuang Family Youth Hostel

Dunhuang Family Youth Hostel

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Xingfu Inn

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Qi Lian Hotel

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Cultural
Visual Arts
Many of the caves are filled with exquisite Buddhist art and manuscripts dating to the Sui, Tang and Song dynasties. These works provide an abundance of vivid materials depicting various aspects of medieval politics, economics, culture, arts, religion, ethnic relations, and daily dress in western China. The unique artistic style of Dunhuang art is not only the amalgamation of Han Chinese artistic tradition and styles assimilated from ancient Indian and Gandharan customs, but also an integration of the arts of the Turks, ancient Tibetans and other Chinese ethnic minorities.
Combination
Unusual Local Feature

Unique Cave Temple Complex

The Mogao Caves form a system of 492 temples built into dugout caves. Although the city had an early connection with Buddhism due to the passage of monks traveling the Silk Road, it was not until a monk had a vision of a thousand Buddhas above the desert at Dunhuang in 4th century that the famous caves were excavated and filled with the manuscripts and treasures.

At present, roughly a dozen caves are open for tours. Specific itineraries vary from agency to agency. It is handy to bring your own flashlight.
Archeological Sites
Carved into the cliffs above the Dachuan River, the Mogao Caves south-east of the Dunhuang oasis, Gansu Province, comprise the largest, most richly endowed, and longest used treasure house of Buddhist art in the world. 492 caves are presently preserved, housing about 45,000 square meters of murals and more than 2,000 painted sculptures.
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