How to Get to Mogao Caves 2023/2024

Where are the Mogao Caves

The Mogao Caves was first built in 366 A.D. Enduring over 1,000 years and ten dynasties, the Mogao Caves are the largest and most abundant Buddhist art hoard in the world. It is located in Dunhuang City, the western end of Gansu Province, northwest of China. They face the Mingsha Mountain and Crescent Lake to the northwest, Dunhuang downtown to the west, and Dunhuang Airport and Railway Station to the north. To get to Mogao Caves, you need to reach Dunhuang first.

Distance to the Mogao Caves

• From Beijing: about 2300 km; • From Shanghai: about 3100 km; • From Xi'an: about 1700 km; • From Lanzhou: about 1100 km

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How to Get to Dunhuang

Dunhuang (92° 13′ - 95° 30′E, 39° 40′ - 41° 40′N) of Jiuquan City, Gansu Province, is located in the westernmost end of Hexi Corridor, at the intersection of 3 provinces, Gansu, Qinghai and Xinjiang. Dunhuang is an important outpost city along the Silk Road, with the world heritage Mogao Gaves, Great Wall relics in the Han dynasty (25 BC - 220 AD), Yumen pass, and Yangguan pass. Tourists can easily get to Dunhuang by air or train.

Get to Dunhuang by Air: Dunhuang Airport (IATA: DNH) is about 14km away from the Dunhuang downtown area. There are flights from Lanzhou (2h) and Xi'an (2.5h) all year round, and some seasonal flights covering cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Kunming, Zhengzhou, Changsha, Xining, etc.

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Get to Dunhuang by Train: There are two railway stations in Dunhuang, Dunhuang Railway Station and Liuyuan Railway Station. About 12km away from the Dunhuang downtown, Dunhuang Railway Station links Jiayuguan, Lanzhou and Xi'an. Liuyuan Railway Station is about 128km away from Dunhuang downtown, and it operates trains to Shanghai, Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Lanzhou, Urumqi and other cities.

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How to Get to Mogao Caves The Mogao Caves

How to Get to the Mogao Caves

The only way to get to Mogao Caves Scenic Area from Dunhuang is to take the shuttle bus from the Magao Caves Digital Exhibition Center which is a complex building of ticket office, exhibition halls and theaters for Mogao Caves related films. There are 6 types of tickets (Ticket A/B/C/D/E/F) selling to the visitors. For visitors who bought the ticket A/B/D/E can take the shuttle bus at the Digital Center to the Mogao Caves Scenic Area according to the scheduled time on the ticket.

Opening Hours of Magao Caves Digital Exhibition Center

07:30 - 15:00 (Apri 1st to Oct. 31st ); 08:30 - 15:00 (Nov. 1st to Mar. 31st)

Note: ❶ Mogao Caves Digital Exhibition Center is the ONLY entrance to Mogao Caves Scenic Area. There is a large parking lot for tourists to park here, and No ticket office in Mogao Caves Area. Please do not drive directly to the Grottoes area. ❷ The digital exhibition center of Mogao Gaves is your first stop to visit Mogao Grottoes. Please take your passport or other valid documents and ticket to get to the digital center 30 minutes before the scheduled time on your ticket. ❸ The ticket will be checked more than once. Please keep your ticket properly before the end of your visit.

Distance to Magao Caves Digital Exhibition Center

• From Dunhuang Airport: about 4km, 10min by car

• From Dunhuang Railway Station: about 2km, 5min by car

• From Liuyuan Railway Station: about 140km, 3h by car

• From Dunhuang Downtown: about 12km, 20min by car

• From Mingsha Mountain & Crescent Lake Park: about 13km, 30min by car

How to Get to Mogao Caves Mogao Caves Location & Transportation Map
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How to Get to Mogao Caves Reclining Buddha Sculpture in Cave 148

How to Plan a Dunhuang Tour

Usually, 2~4 days are needed to explore the highlights of Dunhuang. The world heritage site Mogao Caves and the stunning landscape of Mingsha Mountain and Crescent Lake are two Must-Go attractions which take a full day to visit. You can then spend one more day to explore the western region of Dunhuang which also has a lot of attractions, such as the ruin of Great Wall, Yumenguan Pass, Yardang Landform, etc. As for the downtown sites, if time allows, don't miss the Shazhou Night Market and Dunhuang Museum.

Some travelers usually travel Dunhuang with other destinations in Gansu, such as Jiayuguan, Zhangye, Lanzhou, etc. One can even travel from Dunhuang to Turpan, Urumqi of Xinjiang.

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Mogao Caves

Sculptures, Murals, Facade of the Mogao Caves

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