What to see in Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes?
Mogao Grottoes, also known as Thousand Buddha Caves, it is located in the southeast of Dunhuang City. Grottoes were built in the Eastern Jin Dynasty and the Sixteen Kingdoms Period. The Grottoes were excavated for thousands of years until the end of the Yuan Dynasty. With a large number of murals, grottoes, cultural relics to name just a few, it is a world-famous Buddhist art resort. Here you can enjoy the magnificent grottoes and mural art, and learn the history of Buddhism in Dunhuang through explanation and film display, which is the best option for tourists to visit Dunhuang.
Following the commentator to the caves, you will find that the caves is filled with Buddha statues, flying Apsaras , Kabuki music, fairies, and so on. There are not only sitting statues up to nine stories, but also small Bodhisattvas of more than ten centimetres, it is quite numerous in number and in different shapes, which is worth to visit.
The Mogao Grottoes Scenic Spot are consists of two parts: the Mogao Grottoes Digital Display Center and the Mogao Grottoes. The two parts adopt a joint ticket system and are not sold separately. Since 11th September, 2014, the system of booking visits has been implemented in scenic spots. Tourists have to book tickets by telephone or online. According to the booking period, they can visit the scenic spots with a limit of 6,000 people per day. The online booking address and details of the tickets can be found at http://www.mgk.org.cn/
After booking and collecting the tickets, visitors have to go to the digital exhibition centre of Mogao Grottoes and watch two films about Mogao Grottoes for 20 minutes each. A "Millennium Mogao" is an introduction to the history and culture of Mogao Grottoes, it will help the tourists to have a better understanding of Mogao Grottoes. Another "Dream Buddha Palace" is a ball screen film that shows a lot of caves that are not open now, which is quite exciting.
Best time to visit:
All seasons are appropriate
8.00-18.00 (Monday-Sunday, 1st May- 31st October)
9.00-17.30 (Monday-Sunday, 1st November-30th April, the following year)
Mogao Grottoes Visit Ticket: 200 RMB; Foreign Language Ticket: 220 RMB (Monday-Sunday, 1st May-31st October).
Mogao Grottoes Visit Ticket: 100 RMB; Foreign Language Ticket: 120 RMB (Monday-Sunday, 1st November- 30th April, the following year).
Dunhuang travel tips:
1. Before you go, you'd better read some books about the Mogao Grottoes or read them online. Otherwise, it will be very hard to understand the mystery of grotto statues and murals.
2. In Mogao Grottoes, you are not allowed to use the torch and the mobile phones, The torch used by the commentator is a special cold light lamp, otherwise it will have an impact on the murals. In order to protect cultural relics, please do not take pictures secretly! Camera flash can cause great damage to murals.
3. Caves are closed in severe weather, such as cloudy and rainy days or sandstorms.
4. The price of food and drinks in Mogao Grottoes is very expensive. It is suggested that we should bring some food and drinks.