Mogao Caves

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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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Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
 
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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.

$39

 
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Grand Tian Yu Hotel

Only a 12-minute drive from Mingsha Hills, Grand Tian Yu Hotel offers accommodation with free WiFi. It features meeting facilities and a 24-hour front desk. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$43

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Dunhuang International Hotel

Just is 5 km from Mingsha Hill, Dunhuang International Hotel features guest rooms with mountain views and satellite TVs. It offers free shuttle services, business facilities, tour arrangements and a garden. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$71

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Dunhuang Sha Zhou Yi International Youth Hostel

Dunhuang Sha Zhou Yi International Youth Hostel is located in Dunhuang, a 12-minute drive from Minsha Mountain. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all areas. Average score from 63 guest reviews: 7.6/10.

$4

 
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7Days Inn Dunhuang Night Fair

7Days Inn Dunhuang Night Fair is located in Dunhuang. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with a TV, air conditioning and cable channels. There is also an electric kettle. Average score from 46 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$15

 
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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel

The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel

The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel is located in Dunhuang, only 1 km away from Minsha Hills and Crescent Lake. The property offers free parking and free WiFi access. It takes about 20 minutes by car to Dunhuang Airport or Railway Station. Average score from 168 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$85

 
$858.9
Nadada International Desert Camping

Nadada International Desert Camping

Set at the foot of Mingsha Mountain, Nadada International Desert Camping offers a unique living experience in the tents. For your convenience, the setting offers free parking service. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$145

$1458.8
Gujun Hotel

Gujun Hotel

Located in Dunhuang, 1.1 km from Silu Mores Garden, Gujun Hotel features air-conditioned rooms and free private parking. The rooms come with a flat-screen TV. Every room is fitted with a private bathroom fitted with a shower. Average score from 16 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$71

$718.3
Dunhuang Yingyue Villa

Dunhuang Yingyue Villa

Accepting only Mainland Chinese citizens, Dunhuang Yingyue Villa offers accommodation just a 10-minute walk from Crescent Moon Pool Scenic Area. It feature free WiFi in all areas. The homestay is a 15-minute drive from Dunhuang Coach Station. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 8.2/10.

$145

$1458.2
Jiuquan Dunhuang Shazhou Inn

Jiuquan Dunhuang Shazhou Inn

Featuring free WiFi, Jiuquan Dunhuang Shazhou Inn offers accommodation in Yueyaquan Village, Dunhuang. Free parking spaces are available around the site. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$41

$41-
Dunhuang Silk Road House Youth Hostel

Dunhuang Silk Road House Youth Hostel

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Dunhuang Silk Road House Youth Hostel offers accommodation in Dunhuang, 800 metres from Dunhuang Foye Miaowan Tomb. Leiyin Temple is a 7-minute drive from the hostel. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$43

$43-
Grand Tian Yu Hotel

Grand Tian Yu Hotel

Only a 12-minute drive from Mingsha Hills, Grand Tian Yu Hotel offers accommodation with free WiFi. It features meeting facilities and a 24-hour front desk. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$43

$43-
Yihai Youth Hostel Dunhuang

Yihai Youth Hostel Dunhuang

Yihai Youth Hostel Dunhuang offers pet-friendly accommodation in Dunhuang. Providing private parking, this hostel also features free WiFi. Silu Mores Garden is 100 metres from Yihai Youth Hostel Dunhuang, while Baima Tower is 1. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$51

$51-
Jiuquan Mingsha Mountain Desert Camp Accommodation

Jiuquan Mingsha Mountain Desert Camp Accommodation

Jiuquan Mingsha Mountain Desert Camp Accommodation offers camping tents for guests in near Mingsha Mountain. It is within a few minutes' walk of Yueyaquan Lake. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$58

$58-
Desert Camping

Desert Camping

Right positioned along Crescent Lake, Desert Camping offers unique camping experience in the desert. Here, parking space is provided and charges apply. Each tent features simple decor and shares the bathroom. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$58

$58-
Brother Ge Desert Campsite Dunhuang

Brother Ge Desert Campsite Dunhuang

Featuring a free parking lot, Desert Camping Dunhuang offers special accommodation experience near Mingsha Mountain and Yueyaquan Lake. Guests can spend the night in the tent on the desert. Free parking spaces are available at the site. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$69

$69-
Dunhuang International Hotel

Dunhuang International Hotel

Just is 5 km from Mingsha Hill, Dunhuang International Hotel features guest rooms with mountain views and satellite TVs. It offers free shuttle services, business facilities, tour arrangements and a garden. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$71

$71-
Huanhuan Family Apartment

Huanhuan Family Apartment

Huanhuan Family Apartment offers homelike accommodation. Free WiFi is provided. Dunhuang Railway Station lays 25 minutes' drive away. It takes 20 minutes by car to Dunhuang Airport. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$72

$72-
Apricot Garden Guesthouse

Apricot Garden Guesthouse

Apricot Garden Guesthouse offers accommodation in Dunhuang. The property is located a 10-minute walk from Echo Sand Mountain and Crescent Moon Pool Scenic Area. Free WiFi is available in all areas. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$145

$145-
Mingyueju Youth Hostel

Mingyueju Youth Hostel

With the bus stop on the doorstep, Mingyueju Youth Hostel offers simple accommodation in Yueyaquan Village. Both Leiyin Temple and Crescent Lake Scenic Area can be reached in 5 minutes' walk. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$145

$145-
Qingyi Inn

Qingyi Inn

Featuring free WiFi in all areas, Qingyi Inn offers cosy guestrooms. You can stroll to Crescent Lake Scenic Area in 5 minutes. Each unit has a flat-screen satellite TV and air conditioning. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$145

$145-
Dunhuang Sifang Youzi Farmstay

Dunhuang Sifang Youzi Farmstay

Accepting only Mainland Chinese citizens, Dunhuang Sifang Youzi Farmstay offers accommodation just a 10-minute walk from Crescent Moon Pool Scenic Area. It feature free WiFi in all areas. The farmstay is a 20-minute drive from Dunhuang Coach... Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$145

$145-

Highlighted Interests:

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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.
Other Interests:
Cultural
Temples
Natural
Unusual Local Feature
Deserts
Geologic Formations
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