The Mogao Caves ( Chinese: 莫高窟; pinyin: ; Wade-Giles: ), also known as the Thousand Buddha Grottoes ( Chinese: 千佛洞; pinyin: qiān fó dòng ), form a system of 492 temples 25 km (16 mi) southeast of the center of Dunhuang, an oasis strategically located at a religious and cultural crossroads on the Silk Road, in Gansu province, China.
The Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, where early Buddhist monks hung out and painted frescos on the walls and ceilings, stashed Buddhist scripture, Confucian and Taoist classics, Central Asian texts, and maybe even a Nintendo Wii. The frescos were awesome, but unfortunately, photos weren’t allowed (in an effort to help preserve the art).
Dunhuang is a city in China’s northwestern Gansu Province, on the edge of the Gobi Desert. It’s known today for the Mogao Caves.
Oasis rarely seen.
In 2015 the Mògāo Grottoes site saw a huge upgrade, with a state-of-the-art visitor centre built just a few kilometres outside of central Dūnhuáng. Admission includes two 30-minute films, one on the history of the area and the Silk Road, and one that allows close-up computer-generated views of cave interiors not normally open to visitors in an IMAX-style theatre.