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    Mogao Grottoes

    by ellyse Written Mar 6, 2006

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    Fondest memory: Although you're very restricted in your movements (can only follow the guide wherever she goes, and you can't choose which caves you want to look at on the tour), that wasn't an issue for us. Read up as much as you can before you go; the guide actually directed most of her commentary and other chatting at the 3 of us as she overheard me talking to my other 2 friends about what was in cave number X/Y/Z! They appreciate people who're genuinely interested in the grottoes instead of those who don't know anything about them. It's a good idea to go off-peak as there're less visitors and the guides can afford to talk in more detail instead of having to rush out of each cave once they finish the usual blurb because there're more visitors coming. I don't think you get more caves opened for free, but having more detailed info and a slower pace is decidedly worth it.

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    Paintings on silk

    by SirRichard Updated Oct 29, 2003

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    A painting

    Favorite thing: Being in the Silk Road, it was easy that silk would become part of the artistic materials used in Mogao.

    You can find some marvellous detailed paintings on silk, with beautiful colors. Here is depicted a nobleman of those days, with delicate dressings that suggest an atmosphere of luxury and refinement....

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    So what's inside the caves?

    by SirRichard Written Oct 29, 2003

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    Inside a cave

    Favorite thing: The caves are really monks cells, really small spaces carved on the rock. Don't think of them as natural huge caves with stalactites and so, but rather 5x5 carved cubes inside the rock, with all the walls painted (and the celings too) and some ocassional statue too.

    You pass from one another by narrow steps on the rock walls.

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    Statues in Mogao

    by SirRichard Written Oct 29, 2003

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    A few statues

    Favorite thing: These painted statues are relly impressive. You can still see the colours on them, though they were originally painted in much brighter colors!

    Some of them represent Buddhas, some Devils, Angels....

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    Preserving the grottoes .....

    by victorwkf Written Apr 18, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Because the buddhist cave art and statues in the Mogao Grottoes are very sensitive to carbon dioxide and light, no photography is allowed and visitors are limited to visit a handful of caves only. This is to preserve them for future generations.

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    The grottoes, also known as...

    by o00o Written Sep 17, 2002

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    Favorite thing: The grottoes, also known as Caves of the Thousand Buddhas, preserve nearly a thousand years of Buddhist cave-temple architecture, clay sculpture, mural paintings, and manuscripts, dating from the 5th to the 14th centuries

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    Its position at the...

    by o00o Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Its position at the intersection of two trade routes was what made Dun-huang flourish. The coming and going of horse and camel caravans carried new thoughts, ideas, arts and sciences to the East and West.

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    by o00o Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Fondest memory: Beijing -

    Xi'an -

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    Dun Huang
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    Tulfan -

    Urumqi -

    Ining -

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    Dunhuang, a small city in Gansu Province, is located near the crossroads of the ancient Silk Road.






    It is made famous largely by the Buddhist Grottoes, known as the Mogao Grottoes, which are one of the world?fs most important sites of ancient Buddhist culture.





    The grottoes, also known as Caves of the Thousand Buddhas, preserve nearly a thousand years of Buddhist cave-temple architecture, clay sculpture, mural paintings, and manuscripts, dating from the 5th to the 14th centuries





    Dun Huang is the peak of this tour. Probably there is no place in China that is so mysterious and rich in culture.







    Dun-huang lies at the western end of the Hexi Corridor. The name Dunhuang originally meant 'prospering, flourishing'-- a hint that Dunhuang must once have been an important city.





    Its position at the intersection of two trade routes was what made Dun-huang flourish. The coming and going of horse and camel caravans carried new thoughts, ideas, arts and sciences to the East and West.





    The center of Dun Huang. In the fourth century a Buddhist monk had a vision of 1,000 Buddha, and began to carve grottoes into the sandstone cliff and fill them with Buddhist images.





    Now we know these caves as The Muogao Caves, or MuoGao Grottoes. It later become a local tradition and here are now 482 caves with 4500 square meters of murals and 2500 sculptures.





    These caves and the city itself were abandoned and forgotten in around the 11th century until its rediscovery in early 20th century.







    softly, gently, nicely and comfortably.

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    Gobi Desert

    by SirRichard Updated Oct 29, 2003

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    The desert

    Favorite thing: The Gobi Desert is all around Dunhuang. The place is a real oasis in this desertic endless landscapes, a bit monotonous but fascinating...

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    Silk paintings

    by victorwkf Updated Mar 19, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Dunhuang is famous for its silk paintings of Buddhist and the artwork of the Mogao Grottoes, such as the one in the picture which I bought.

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    Camel ride

    by victorwkf Updated Mar 19, 2003

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    Taking a pose with the camels

    Favorite thing: I enjoyed the camel ride in the Minsha Hills. It was nice riding the camel during sunset among the desert.

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    by o00o Written Sep 17, 2002

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    Fondest memory: It is made famous largely by the Buddhist Grottoes, known as the Mogao Grottoes, which are one of the world?fs most important sites of ancient Buddhist culture. .

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    by o00o Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Fondest memory: These caves and the city itself were abandoned and forgotten in around the 11th century until its rediscovery in early 20th century.

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    Now we know these caves as The...

    by o00o Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Now we know these caves as The Muogao Caves, or MuoGao Grottoes. It later become a local tradition and here are now 482 caves with 4500 square meters of murals and 2500 sculptures.

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    o00o's General Tip

    by o00o Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Fondest memory: The center of Dun Huang. In the fourth century a Buddhist monk had a vision of 1,000 Buddha, and began to carve grottoes into the sandstone cliff and fill them with Buddhist images.

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