Located near Turpan city and 11km north of Gaochang, Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves is a site forming of ancient religious caves and shrines dating back to AD 400 to AD 1,300.
Perched on the very cliff of Mugou Valley in the Flaming Mountains area, Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves had been firstly constructed in late Southern and Northern Dynasties in China, however, after undergoing more than 700 years of time, it was still considered as one of the most important Buddhist center in Western area.
In Uyghur language, the word “Bezeklik” means “a decorated home”. The grottoes earn its reputation by being an architectural complex with 83 artificial caves, however only 57 of them preserved, in which more than 40 caves were painted about Buddha on the walls. Visitors could feel the glorious history while watching those vivid murals as well as elaborate Buddha statues.
The site has really cool scenery such as splendid sunset and huge sand dunes which are considered as ideal photo-taking places by sightseers. travelers could rest under the tall trees in the canyon of the grottoes, besides.
Location: Shengjin County, Turpan
From Apr 21 to Oct 20: 08:00-21:00
From Oct 21 to Apr 20: 10:00-18:30
How to go: The best way to visit this place is to charter private cars because it is 45km away from the city downtown of Turpan. The fare usually cost passenger ￥70.