Hexi Corridor (China's Silk Road) - Mogao Caves: 1500-Year-Old Buddhist Grottoes on the Silk Road

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Mogao Caves: 1500-Year-Old Buddhist Grottoes on the Silk Road

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(18 reviews)
45 mins

About the tour

Mogao Caves, also known as the Thousand Buddha Grottoes (homes) consists of 735 caves, over 45,000 square meters of murals, and 2415 clay sculptures and seem to come right out of a fairy tale. The first of these 1500-year-old caves were dug out in AD 366 as places of Buddhist meditation and worship. Your guide, Lee, will help you discover, these unique ancient artifacts that form a Buddhist oasis at the religious and cultural crossroads of the ancient Silk Road. Along the way, you’ll hear about the history and local people as well as visit the world’s biggest and richest Buddhist art site. This includes the so-called "Library Cave", which had been walled-up in the 11th century. Here they found a vast collection of Buddhist manuscripts with the contents subsequently dispersed around the world. Mogao Caves are in China’s northwestern Gansu Province and in 1987, were selected on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mogao means high up in the desert. The rich collection of Buddhist sculptures you’ll explore starts with the smallest at mere centimeters to the largest statue at more than 34 meters (115 feet) high. The Mogao Caves, along with Longmen Grottoes and Yungang Grottoes, is one of the three famous ancient Buddhist sculptural sites of China. Please follow our guide to dive into the magnificent views and rich history of the ancient Silk Road. *Note: Dunhuang Caves prohibits taking photos and videos, so we'll visit the replicas caves inside the site, which are similar in size and characters to the original caves and status Unfortunately, some tour areas have limited signal quality that we can’t control. We apologize if this happens and always use the feedback to look for better routes.

Meet Jenny's China Tours

Jenny's China Tours

Jenny’s China Tours provides custom and private tours to Shanghai, Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Guilin and throughout China. Our guides are China experts, speak great English and love sharing the history and culture of China with visitors. We have been delighted to share different parts of China virtually with new friends. We look forward to your visit. Meet our guides: • Cassie: Our Chengdu expert was born in Chengdu and shares the life of Pandas, city culture and history with energy and enthusiasm. She has been an expert guide since 2013 and loves travel, public speaking and meeting people from different cultures. • Alice: Probably our most outgoing guide, Alice is our Shanghai expert and goes above and beyond with every tour to make sure customers are happy and fulfilled. An avid traveller, she is the consummate professional and is always eager to share the history and culture of Shanghai. • Amber: Our Beijing expert became a tour guide after graduating college and has a passion for travel and is always planning her next trip. She delights in sharing the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the culture of Beijing. • Susan: Our expert Chengdu guide loves sharing Chengdu culture and history with visitors. She also has a passion for reading and has visited over 20 countries! This has helped her understand each country’s unique culture. • Apple: You won’t meet a more optimistic guide than our Shanghai expert Apple. As a local Shanghainese, she shares the city’s rapid ascent to modernity along with historic treasures of the Bund, Tianzifang and old Shanghai. • Eva: Our Xi’an expert is a master guide with over 16 years of experience and loves sharing the history of Xi’an’s Terra Cotta Warriors, the last standing city wall all of Xi’an’s famous spots. She never misses a question and eager to share. • Sally: As a native Xi’an resident, Sally is an expert on her hometown and enjoys sharing its history and secrets. As a guide of over 20 years and a degree from Xi’an Foreign Language University, you won’t find a better ambassador to get to know Xi’an. • Yvonne: Our Guilin expert, Yvonne, used to be a translator before becoming a guide with over 15 years of experience now. With impeccable English and knowledge of Guilin, she lovers showing the amazing sights and history of this unique region of China. •Lee: Lee lives in a province called Qinghai in North Western China. his hometown is located at an intersection between the ancient Silk Road and the Tibetan plateau. It is rich in unique landscapes and diverse ethnic culture. Lee has worked as an interpreter and a guide specialising in adventure travel; he loves spending time in the natural world!

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Hexi Corridor (China's Silk Road) with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Hexi Corridor (China's Silk Road). Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Felix L.

17 September 2021

Wow! Wonderful tour of the historical Buddhism caves and its surroundings view

Linda Julie T.

12 September 2021

very special and interesting, thanks

Lisa R.

12 September 2021

Such an interesting tour. Lee did a great job of sharing the history and traditions of the location. I feel like I learned a lot.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Richard M 🐵 .. ..

11 September 2021

Started well, but unfortunately I couldn’t keep my eyes open at 3am in the British morning. Hope you repeat at a later time - late afternoon, at 4pm perhaps.

Christina W.

11 September 2021

Excellent tour, thank you!

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