Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves
Introduction to Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves (柏孜克里克千佛洞)
Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves are 77 artificial caves, 40 of them contain murals of thousands of Buddha. 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.
Shengjin Country, Turpan
77 Buddha Caves
Admission Fee: 40 Yuan
1. Try to avoid visiting Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves during the summer holidays and Golden Week in October. There are many tour groups and local tourists during national holidays.
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