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Mogao Grottoes

* The existing grottoes of the largest scale and richest content in China.

 
* History: from 336
* Distance from downtown: 25Km /0.5Hours Drive
* Entrance fee:  RMB 160p/p
* Open Hours: 9:00-17:00
* Address: Dunhuang, China * TEL: 0937-8869060
* Best visiting time: May--Oct

Mingsha Hill & Mogao Grottoes
Mingsha Hill & Mogao Grottoes
Mingsha Hill & Mogao Grottoes
Mingsha Hill & Mogao Grottoes
Mingsha Hill & Mogao Grottoes
Mingsha Hill & Mogao Grottoes
Mingsha Hill & Mogao Grottoes
Mingsha Hill & Mogao Grottoes
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Colloquially called "Cave of Thousand Buddha Statues", Mogao Grottoes are on the cliffs of Mingsha Hill 25 km to the southeast of Dunhuang. As the existing grottoes of the largest scale and richest content in China they are incorporated into the World Cultural Heritage List in 1987. The carving started in 366 and ended in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). The five-tiered grottoes are I ,600 meters long from south to north and the highest point is 50 meters tall. There are now 492 caves in form of meditation cave, temple cave, dome cave, etc. The largest cave is 40 meters tall and 30 meters wide. Of the total, Buddha statue in the cave No. 96 is the largest statue of Mogao Grottoes. Inside the cave there are over 45,000 square meters of frescos, 2,415 painted sculptures and more than 4,000 statues of flying Apsara, mainly describing grand scenes of dharma teaching and simple scenes of sutra-illustrations. Being carved for over 1,000 years and integrating architectures, stone sculptures, frescoes and painted sculptures of various dynasties, Mogao Grottoes have been the world’s largest Buddhist art treasure with richest contents and longest history. The discovery of the Buddhist scriptures cave in 1900 at Mogao Grottoes shocked the world and led to the development of Dunhuang Studies, a world famous school of thought.

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