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Xiqian Buddha Caves

West of Dunhuang, Dunhuang 736200, China
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A poorer cousin to Mogao Caves

Xiqian Buddha (西千佛洞)is a smaller scale to Mogao (莫高窟). Less crowd as a result but nonetheless... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2016
Singapore, Singapore
via mobile
fewer caves but worth a quick stop

this is where the caves started but MoGao has become much more famous. There are periodic "tours... read more

Reviewed 20 July 2016
Fremont, California
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Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Xiqian Buddha (西千佛洞)is a smaller scale to Mogao (莫高窟). Less crowd as a result but nonetheless interesting especially if you get a good guide. Please remember to use your ears not your hands as photography is NOT allowed inside the caves as flashlight will spoil...More

1  Thank Eve420
Reviewed 20 July 2016

this is where the caves started but MoGao has become much more famous. There are periodic "tours" where one of the caretakers let in a group and see about 3 caves. Total time, including waiting for enough people to gather for a group was about...More

Thank A H
Reviewed 7 April 2016

They weren't quite in the same league as the Mogao caves but all much earlier, so the cave drawings were very indian in style. The caves are all quite small but still amazing that they were drawn over 1000 years ago and some of the...More

1  Thank rosie38c
Reviewed 6 September 2015

Incredible part of the Silk Road--my experience, however was a tad different. These are magnificent caves with incredible wall paintings--and the Buddha's are mind-boggling. You enter through a large door into an absolutely huge room and an enormous awesome Buddha (each one is different). There...More

2  Thank Elizabeth A
Reviewed 29 August 2015

These tombs are nice, but nowhere near as impressive as Mogao Caves or Yulin Caves. Visit these if you are a completionist. If you keep walking past the ticket office you will come to an attractive bend in the Dua River surrounded by cliffs. This...More

1  Thank YorkHiker
Reviewed 11 April 2015

It's on your way to visiting Yadang geological park: so, why not? It's quiet and not many visitors. And this, I must say, is a big plus. But the downside is that the guides don't really expect you to show up. They will give you...More

1  Thank Bally1966
Reviewed 30 September 2014

Inside there is a nice park for when you wait for other visitors since you at least 10 people to go. Not and spectacular as the Mogao caves. Also there is no English at this place. This is a great place and isn't that crowded....More

Thank Wenhan S
Reviewed 28 May 2013

This is not quite as good as the Mogao caves, there are not as many and they suffered more damage. There is also no guide speaking english. The upside is that there are very few people. Nice park to walk around while you wait for...More

Thank JPDeM
Reviewed 2 May 2013

A small number of caves are open but if you have a guide ( excellent English spoken for us) you will have a great experience as they art work is slightly different from the Modgao caves, even earlier and a good contrast.It is a lovely...More

1  Thank Mary-53-2004
Reviewed 19 August 2012 via mobile

Only 5 caves are open to the public and this is a pity, as each is a masterpiece of art. No explanation or tour in english is available. This is truly disappointing. Also, staff on site is extremely and unhelpful with foreign visitors. Despite all,...More

Thank shanshan_shanghai
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