Mogao Caves - Art of Dunhuang Caves
|Mogao Caves, Dunhuang |
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According to Tang Dynasty records, a monk had witnessed onsite a vision of thousand Buddhas under showers of golden rays. Thus inspired, he started the caves construction work that spanned ten dynasties. Mogao Caves are commonly known as the Caves of a Thousand Buddhas.
Buddhist art has its origins in India. Mogao sculptors improvised where the rock surface did not work well under their chisels. They placed clay statues in front of the cave walls, carved relief murals as backdrops, and painted the sidewalls and ceilings with art decors. The largest statue is 34.5 meters (113 feet) high and the smallest a mere 2 centimeters (0.79inches) high.
The traveler will note traces of Indian Buddhist art in the earlier works. More recent works depict all walks of life and activities in a local setting. You will relive the daily routines and special events as captured by the artists while you are exploring the 750 caves. There are also ups and downs in the artistic quality over the centuries, depending on the fortunes of Buddhism with available art patronage. Artists in each dynasty painted with their distinctive palette. The visitor can tell the works in the Tang Dynasty from those in the Song Dynasty.
1.The Digital Exhibition Center has been formally open to the public since August 1, 2014. Shuttle bus service is available between the caves and the digital exhibition center. Visitors can enjoy two amazing movies A thousand Years of Mogao Caves and Splendors of Buddha’s Palace at the digital exhibition center and then take the shuttle bus to visit the caves. Tourists can call the scenic area at (+86) 0937-8825000 / 8825166 / 8825066 (7:00-00:00) for further consultation.
2. Within the caves, no photo! An electronic torch maybe necessary to see inside the caves.
For detailed information on Dynasties, please refer to History of China
|Admission Fee:||CNY 160 (Apr. 1 to Oct. 31); CNY180 (including English guide) |
CNY 80 (Nov.1 to Mar. 31); CNY 100 (including English Guide)
CNY 60 for Digital Exhibition Center
All visitors are required to book their visit and buy entrance tickets online in advance because the ticket office has been closed since September 11, 2014. In addition, the total number of visitors per day is limited to 6000.
|Opening Hours:||08:20 - 18:00 (Apr. 1 to Oct. 31) |
09:20 - 17:30 (Nov.1 to Mar. 31)
|Recommended Time for a Visit:||3-5 hours|