Mogao Caves

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Cave 96

Only several dozen of the 492 existing Mogao Caves are open to the general public (for preservation purposes). However, most of the allowed caves are remarkable, especially Cave 96. This multi-stored cavern houses a stunning 33 meter (110 foot) high statue of Buddha.


Although most of the artwork and scrolls relate with Buddha, some encompass other religious and philosophical persuasions including Confucianism and Taoism.

Silk Road

The caves are on the fabled Silk Road trade route that once commercially linked China and Europe.


The Mogao Caves are also known as the "Mogao Grottoes," "Dunhaung Caves" and the "Caves of a Thousand Buddhas".

Nearest major airport

The Mogao Caves are 25 kilometers (15 miles) from the desert oasis town of Dunhaung (which has an airport) in Gansu province.

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