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Mogao Grottoes

Located on cliffs 25 km southeast of Dunhuang. The first cave of the Mogao Grottoes was carved out in the year 366 and so far it has a history of more than 1600 years. Art works of this treasure house cover architectural designs, sculptures and murals. Still preserved are 492 caves with 2,415 colored statues and 45,000 sq.m of murals. It is the greatest and most consummate gallery of Buddhist art in the world.
Opening hours: May to October:9:00-17:00
November to April: 9:30-12:30 14:30-17:00

The colored statues are divided into four categories, namely, buddha, including Sakyamuni, Maitreya, Bhaisajyaguru (Medicine Buddha) and Amitabha; bodhisattva, including Avalokitesvara, Manjusri, Samantabhadra and Bodhisattva the Great Power-Coming; disciples of the Buddha, including Ananda and kasyapa; and heavenly warriors and earth deities. All the statues reflect vividly the characteristics of different periods.

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