Top 10 attractions in Gansu, China

By Lu Na
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  Mogao Grottoes   莫高窟

Mogao Grottoes []

Located on the eastern slopes of the Mingsha Mountain in the southeast of Dunhuang County in Gansu Province, the Mogao Grottoes are one of three best noted grottoes in China and also contain the largest, best preserved and richest treasure house of Buddhist art in the whole world. Also known as the Thousand Buddha Cave, a monk named Yue Seng chiseled the first cave here in 366, during the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317-420). The endeavor was continued by later dynasties, up until the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368), resulting in the fantastic group of caves that can still be seen today. Today, 492 caves have stood the test of time and contain some 2,100 colored statues and 45,000 square meters of murals.

Admission:160 yuan (Chinese)

                       180 yuan (foreigners) (Apr 1 - Oct 31);

                        80 yuan - 120 yuan (Nov 1 - Mar 31)

Best time to visit:Summer and autumn

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