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Baizikeli Thousand Buddha Caves

* The royal temple of the Huhe kingdom during the 7th century

 
History: from the 6th century
Distance from downtown: 45Km /1Hours Drive 
Entrance fee: RMB 20
Open Hours: 10:00-19:00
* Address: About 50 km northeast of the city, in the Mutou Gully of the Flaming Mountain.    
* Best visiting time: All year around

Baizikeli Thousand Buddha Caves
Baizikeli Thousand Buddha Caves
Baizikeli Thousand Buddha Caves
Baizikeli Thousand Buddha Caves
Baizikeli Thousand Buddha Caves
Baizikeli Thousand Buddha Caves
Baizikeli Thousand Buddha Caves
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“Bezkilik”in Uygur means “beautifully decorated house”. It is believed that the caves were firstbuilt during the 6th century’s Gaochang Kingdom. It reached its golden era in the aochang Huihe period and had served as the royal temple of the Huhe king. Many caves have been rebuilt or renovated. Nowadays there are 77 remaining caves, 40 of which have in complete murals that cover an area of 1,200 sq meters. Cave 33 and Cave 37 have the most distinctive features. The Murals of ‘Followers’ Mourning” and “Biqiu’s Mourning” on the back wall of Cave 33 are elegantly and carefully depicted, rich in ethnic color and lifelike. On the north wall of Cave 37, there is a full-length picture of the Buddha in a bright red robe and looking like a person from the West Region. Other famous murals include the “Happy Dance” in Cave 16 and the “Ghost in the Hell” in Cave 17. The murals mainly reflect the life and culture of the local people who lived in the Huihe Gaochang period. Inscriptions in Chinese, Huihe and Persian on the pictures are of high historical values. In 1982, the caves were designated a key cultural relic under state protection.

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