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Mogao Gottoes

As one of the historic and popular Buddhist art along the silk road, Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes is famous for its exquisite murals and statues. 
 

What to visit?
Dunhuang is a Chinese city that is surrounded by the Taklamakan Desert. The Mogao Grottoes of Dunhuang is a shrine of Buddhist art treasures. Dunhuang culture is also known as Mogao Grottoes culture.
According to the Tang Dynasty (618-907) records, a monk named Lezun had a vision of a thousand Buddhas under showers of golden rays. Thus inspired, he started construction on the caves, which span 10 dynasties. The Mogao Grottoes are commonly known as the Caves of a Thousand Buddhas. 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 are 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 and in different shapes, which is worth to visit.
The Mogao Grottoes Scenic Spot is 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.
 
Best time to visit:
All seasons are appropriate.

Opening time: 
8.00-18.00 (Monday-Sunday, 1st May- 31st October).
9.00-17.30 (Monday-Sunday, 1st November-30th April, the following year).

Ticket:
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. 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 the Mogao Grottoes is very expensive. It is suggested that we should bring some food and drinks.
Entrance Ticket Implementation Scheme of Mogao Grottoes in 2019
Visiting time: 

Peak season: 1st April to 30th November
Off-season: 1st December to 31st March

The Ticket Price of Scenic Spots
According to the approved ticket price,the ticket price of Mogao Grottoes is 180 yuan per person, 90 yuan per person for emergency visit, 50 yuan per person for digital display center, 10 yuan per person for transportation to and from Mogao Grottoes, 20 yuan per person for foreign language guide and 10 yuan per person for cave explanation.
 
Visit mode in peak season
Visit mode A
Watch the theme digital movie "Millennium Mogao" and the ball screen movie "Dream Buddha Palace", ride the traffic vehicles to and from Mogao Grottoes, and equip a group of 25 to 30 full-time commentators to visit eight open caves in Mogao Grottoes. Free visits to the Dunhuang Grottoes Cultural Relics Protection and Research Exhibition Center, the Dunhuang Tibetan Jingdong Exhibition Museum, the Dunhuang Academy History Exhibition Museum, the Dunhuang Academy Art Museum, etc.
Ticket Price
Ticket price is 238 yuan per person (180 yuan for Mogao Grottoes + 48 yuan for Mogao Grottoes Number Exhibition Center + 10 yuan for transportation to and from Mogao Grottoes). Foreign language explanation is required,each person is charged 20 yuan per person for foreign language explanation.
 
Visit mode B
Take traffic vehicles to Mogao Grottoes, the scenery was equipped with guides and they will bring you to visit the four open caves in the Mogao Grottoes. Free visits to the Dunhuang Grottoes Cultural Relics Protection and Research Exhibition Center, the History Museum of the Dunhuang Academy, the Art Museum of the Dunhuang Academy, etc.
Ticket Price
The fare is 100 yuan per person per time (90 yuan for Mogao Grottoes + 10 yuan for transportation to and from Mogao Grottoes).
 
Visit mode C
Watching the theme digital movie "Millennium Mogao" and the ball screen movie "Dream Buddha Palace", the price is 50 yuan per person. No discount, only for children who are under 4 years old are free ( excluding 4 years old).
 
Visit mode D
Watch the theme digital movie "Millennium Mogao" and the ball screen movie "Dream Buddha Palace", ride the traffic vehicles to and from Mogao Grottoes, and the scenery was equipped with guides, and the guide will bring you to visit 12 open Grottoes in Mogao Grottoes. Free visits to the Dunhuang Grottoes Cultural Relics Protection and Research Exhibition Center, the Dunhuang Tibetan Jingdong Exhibition Museum, the Dunhuang Academy History Exhibition Museum, the Dunhuang Academy Art Museum, to name just a few.
Ticket price
The ticket price is 140 yuan per person (90 yuan for Mogao Grottoes + 40 yuan for Mogao Grottoes Number Exhibition Center + 10 yuan for transportation to and from Mogao Grottoes). Foreign language explanation is required, and each person is charged 20 yuan per person.
 
Visit Mode E
Take the traffic vehicles to and from the Mogao Grottoes and equip a group of 20 to 25 full-time commentators to visit 12 open caves in the Mogao Grottoes. Free visits to the Dunhuang Grottoes Cultural Relics Protection and Research Exhibition Center, the Dunhuang Tibetan Jingdong Exhibition Museum, the Dunhuang Academy History Exhibition Museum, the Dunhuang Academy Art Museum, etc.
Ticket price
The ticket price is 100 yuan per person (90 yuan for Mogao Grottoes + 10 yuan for transportation to and from Mogao Grottoes). Foreign language explanation is required, and each person is charged 20 yuan per person.
 
Visit mode F
Watching the theme digital movie "Millennium Mogao" and the ball screen movie "Dream Buddha Palace", the price is 50 yuan per person, and the discount is 40 yuan per person. The children who are under 4 years old are free ( excluding 4 years old).
 
The opened Mogao Grottoes:
9、16、17、25、29、46、55、61、71、94、96、171、334、148、202、203、231、237、244、246、249、251、257、259、292、296、314、329、332、335、340、341、384、397、407、409、420、427、428、445.

 

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