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Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves

Location:The Bezeklik site is about 45 kilometers east by road G312
Opening time:9:00-17:00 daily
Best time for visit: spring,summer,autumn
Recommended time for a visit:2 hours
Open:9:00-17:00 daily

How to Get There

1)Take private car for 38km.


Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves >

 Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves are 77 artificial caves, 40 of them contain murals of thousands of Buddhas. Bezeklik means "place where there are paintings" in the Uigur language. At this place is also the Royal Temple of the King of Huigu, which was built by the Xizhou Huigu government of the Gaochang Kingdom. The caves are located in the cliff face of a long ridge of rather soft stone, which once had a monastery at its foot, an important center for Buddhist worship. A steep stairway lead 10m up to a narrow and winding path to the cliff top. The caves were built along this path. Today there is a broad walkway which allows easy access to the caves.
Unfortunately, the site has suffered considerable damage, some perpetrated by the Muslim population seeking to obliterate idolatrous images and traces of Buddhism, and some by overzealous Red Guards. A number of frescoes were also removed by avaricious European explorer-archaeologists including Albert von Le Coq, who sent some of them off to Berlin, where those that weren't destroyed by World War II bombs can be seen in museums.

Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves


1.Ancient religious caves and shrines dating from about the year 400 to the year 1,300.
2.The art depicts people of various races and cultures living and doing things together. The art makes the Gaochang area look like a melting-pot of people from many places in Asia.
3.Close to Turpan and about 11 kilometers north of Gaochang.
4.The place has really cool scenery including huge sand dunes people can climb and take great pictures of the surrounding area. There are tall trees in the canyon of the grottoes.

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