Top 8 August destinations in China

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   Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes, Gansu


Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes, one of the 'Top 8 August destinations in China' by

Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes

Carved out of the cliffs 25 km southeast of Dunhuang, Gansu Province, Mogao Grottoes is one of the three notable grottoes in China and also the largest, best preserved and richest treasure house of Buddhist art in the world. In 366 AD, during the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317—420), a monk began to chisel the first cave. The work continued from Northern Wei Dynasty (386—534) to the Yuan Dynasty (1206—1368). After more than 1,000 years, 492 caves remain today, containing about 2,100 colored statues and 45,000 square meters of murals. June to September is the best time to visit Dunhuang. Travelers can enjoy the exquisite caves and experience the unique culture of the ancient Silk Road.

Travel tips:

Admission: 160 yuan in season (May- Oct.); 80 yuan out of season (Nov.-Apr.)

Opening hour: 8:00-18:00 in season (May- Oct.); 9:00-17:00 out of season (Nov.-Apr.)

Getting there: You can take travel bus from Dunhuang Bus Station, it will cost you 8 yuan and half an hour to get to Mogao Grottoes.

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