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Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves

Shengjin Country, Turpan 838000, China
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Shengjin Country, Turpan 838000, China
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I had read about this site and it lived up to our expectations. The surroundings are stark and beautiful. There were not many tourists and that added to our enjoyment. The caves,although looted , were wonderful to experience.

Thank mflickermd
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Only some ceiling and wall paintings are still preserved through the centuries of selfish acts of explorers/archeologists, religious soldiers and cultural revolutionalists. No statues are left. Sad but a stark reminder how selfish and intolerant people can be.

Thank Kim C
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Reviewed 6 May 2018

If you're in Xinjiang I think this is a must-visit. Yes, most of the finest murals and all of the statues have been removed, but that's part of the history of the place. Still, the remaining murals are still inspirational and help tell a story...More

Thank Richard_7726
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Reviewed 25 April 2018

There are caves. Caves that housed thousand of Buddha, but it is only left with empty rooms. Most of the valuable historic statues, artwork, etc. of the religion are not there anymore. Stolen? Sold? It remains a mystery. Emotionally, I have to turn away not...More

Thank petersjsim
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Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

Most if the painting and sculpture were already vanished or destroyed. But, the scenery was nice. There was a huge amount of group tour. The entrance fee is required for 40 RMB. If you plan to go to other place in turpan, you may consider...More

Thank Tonkarn08
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Reviewed 13 April 2018

This cave has less tourists than the Magao Cave in Dunhuang so it's definitely worth a visit to compare if you are travelling down the silk road. Most of the paintings have been taken by Western explorers or destroyed when Islam arrived in the region....More

Thank Lorah Z
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Reviewed 25 November 2017

This place was a key stop on the Silk Road but was later devoured by the desert. It was found in the 1890s by European archeologists who took many pieces away (some need in London, some went to Berlin and were lost in bombings). It...More

Thank Paul C
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Reviewed 21 November 2017

The Bezeklik Caves themselves are quite small and many of the Buddhist paintings have been plundered by British and German troops during the Second World War. However, the surrounding desert landscapes are astonishing - an amazing range of colours, enormous sand dunes and clay buildings...More

Thank Janelizabeth56
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Reviewed 14 November 2017

the caves at Bezeklik are well worth a detour if you are in turpan area. personally i enjoyed mogao caves close to dunhuang more these at bezeklik arent to be missed either. both highlights of a western china tour

Thank TheTravelPirate
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Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

Only about 7-8 caves are open. Cave 33 had the best preserved paintings with depictions of people of many races that likely travels the silk road. The other caves are heavily damaged with the faces of all the Buddhas scratched away. The surrounding scenery is...More

Thank mitraveler16
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JeanneGo11
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Response from Janelizabeth56 | Reviewed this property |
We did not notice public buses at Bezeklik though there were many tourist buses. We hired a taxi and driver for two days for 300 yuan per day. He took us to Tuyoq Village and Bezeklik Caves, then Jiaohe ruins, Karez museums... More
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