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The Mogao Caves are caves in Dunhuang County, Gansu Province, China. Located on the eastern foot of Mount Mingsha, about 25 kilometers from the county seat, Mogao Caves were on a strategic point of the ancient Silk Route. As such the caves became a Buddhist sanctuary. In 492 cells within the cave system are intricate wall paintings of Buddhist art. These paintings were executed over a span of one thousand years.

Mogao Caves were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 11th session of the World Heritage Committee at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, on 7-11 December, 1987.

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Mogao Caves, China
Mogao Caves, China
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 40 08 E 94 49
Inscription Year: 1987
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, II, III, IV, V, VI

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Visiting Mogao Caves

The Mogao Caves are located 25 km (15 miles) to the southeast of Dunhuang, in Gansu Province, northwest china. You will need to fly to Dunhuang from a major city such as Beijing. From Dunhuang, you can book a package tour to Mogao Caves or arrange with a taxi.


Local Tours of China

At times, it is faster, safer and cheaper to join a local tour than to go there yourself. This is especially true for many places in China. However, you need to be wary of the tour operators, especially those in China.

Here are a few local tours of China that you may wish to add to your itinerary. These tours are arranged by Viator, one of the most reputable tour agencies in the market.

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