• Fri. Jan 15th, 2021

Travel guide for Crescent Moon Spring and Mogao Grottoes on Mingsha (鸣沙)Mountain


Jul 10, 2020

Dunhuang, the westernmost end of the Hexi Corridor, an oasis in the desert, a bright pearl on the ancient Silk Road, a mysterious city full of history.

Backhand playing pipa is a characteristic attraction of this city, the iconic building of Dunhuang, located in the center of the entire urban area.

Yeguang Cup and Pipa are closely related to Dunhuang.

The most lively place in Dunhuang at night is the Shazhou (沙洲)Night Market. It is known as Dunhuang‘s “Night Scenery Map” and “Style Painting” for its distinctive local characteristics and strong folk customs. Shazhou(沙洲) Night Market is divided into five major business areas of flavor snacks, handicrafts, “three bubble Taiwan” teahouses and agricultural and sideline native products.

Buy some lamb skewers and a bottle of Yellow River beer, so delicious

The night market is full of goods

The most anticipated performance tonight is the desert real performance-“Dunhuang Grand Ceremony”, the performance location is in Dunhuang Villa.

9:30pm,The show begins

It’s eleven o’clock after watching the show. Dunhuang under the night sky is even more mysterious. We will go to Mogao Grottoes tomorrow

Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes, commonly known as Thousand Buddha Caves, a sacred place for Buddhism, is located in Dunhuang at the west end of the Hexi Corridor. It is the largest and richest Buddhist art site in the world. It is a treasure of Chinese art and a “big gallery in the desert.” “World Art Treasure”.

Mogao Grottoes are prohibited from photographing, only photographing buildings outside

Seven-story tower

As soon as I walked into the cave, a sense of history filled with the smell of dust came across. The portraits of the thousands of Buddhas on the four walls were arranged in rows and columns, and it was unconventional when viewed at an angle. The ingenious skills of the muralists can be seen in many caves. They are all built by famous people and funded by hired people. They come here to worship the Buddha on certain festivals, which is a bit like a family ancestral hall.

Then take the sightseeing and environmental protection bus to the site of Mogao Caves, dozens of kilometers away. Every 25 people are a team, with a professional interpreter, and each person is equipped with a wireless headset. Now the caves that are available for visit are open to 40. In the peak season, the general guides only show you 8 caves. The officer took a flashlight to explain to us. Unlike other scenic spots, the instructor is a graduate student of the Dunhuang Academy, specializing in the study of Dunhuang history and murals.

Each of us listens to the explanation quietly and cannot speak without authorization, otherwise it will be bad for everyone.

Visiting the Mogao Grottoes requires a real-name certified appointment. It is often difficult to obtain a ticket during the peak season. It is important to make an appointment in advance. You must make an appointment in advance on the official website or official public account. Mogao Grottoes sells 6,000 tickets a day, and tickets are open for booking 30 days in advance.

Ticket purchase website: Mogao Grotto Visiting Reservation Network (http://www.mgk.org.cn) supports online payment (credit cards and local banks are not available), SMS order reminder and other functions, consultation telephone: 0937-8825000.

Register an account first, the discount certificate needs to fill in the information, remember to bring all the documents when collecting the ticket, ticket inspection and security check are required, and the management is very strict

icket price:

  1. Low season (November 1-April 30 the following year) 100 yuan/person Foreign language tickets 120 yuan/person

Contents of the tour: Digital Exhibition Center Experience (7 digital cave displays) + field visit of Mogao Grottoes area (12 physical caves and museum groups)

  1. Peak season (May 1-October 31) 200 yuan/person Foreign language tickets 220 yuan/person

Contents of the visit: Experience of Digital Exhibition Center (7 digital cave displays) + field visit of Mogao Grottoes area (8 physical caves and museum groups)

After coming out of the cave, go to the adjacent exhibition hall to learn about the mural painting, such as mural restoration technology and so on. The picture above is a comparison of mural restoration. Tomorrow we will go to Crescent Spring (月牙泉)Town

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