Mogao Grottoes, located in the east of Hexi Corridor in Dunhuang of Gansu Province, is famous worldwide for its fantastic murals and clay figures. According to historical records, it started in Qianqin period as a collection of architectures, paintings and statuaries. Now there are 492 grottoes in existence, with some 45,000 square meters of murals and 2,400 painted clay figures. The painted clay figures vary greatly in sizes, the themes are mainly about Buddhist, and there are human figures, reflecting various arts and culture in different times, which is an integration of Chinese and Western style in ancient time. There are Buddhist sutras, natural sceneries, buildings, mountain and water paintings, flower patterns, flying Apsaras and ancient farming and production scenes in it, attracting millions of people all over the world to visit every year, in 1987 it is inscribed in world cultural heritage relics by UNESCO.
Best Time to Mogao Grottoes
With a continental climate, the temperature in Dunhuang changes all year round. Its hottest month is July with an average temperature of 24.7ºC and its coldest month is January with an average temperature of -9.3ºC. So the best time to visit it is from May to October, but be careful with the drought and sandstorms.
Price for Tickets
It is open to visitors from 8:00 a.m.to 5:00 p.m. with an entrance fee of 160 yuan.
Transportation to Mogao Grottoes
You can drive there in 30 minutes by car from city center, and there are buses to there from 06:00 a.m. to 09:00 p.m.every day.
Eating & Accommodation
The local people like eating mutton, beef and cooked wheat food, there is a street in Yangguan with all kinds of delicacies and snacks, of course, there are more than 50 hotels and restaurants in the city with good conditions and reasonable price, the average price of hotel with clean and comfortable conditions for one night is 50 yuan. You can buy special artificial crystals, necklaces and jades as well as traditional costume if you are interested in them, besides you can also visit Twin Tower Lake and People’s park near it.
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