Mogao Grottoes Digital Exhibition Center in Dunhuang

Mogao Grottoes Digital Exhibition Center

Mogao Grottoes Digital Exhibition Center located 9 km east to Dunhuang city, around 16 km from Mogao grottoes. The center was open on August 1st 2014, which covers an area of 100, 000 sq meters with total investment of more than 3,000,000 RMB. The center was an important part of Mogao grottoes protection and development project “and was approved by National Development and Reform Commission. It uses digital technology and multimedia tools to display the historical and cultural background of Dunhuang as well as the exquisite cave art of Mogao.

Why is Mogao Grottoes Digital Exhibition Center So Special?

The total digitalization of the frescos in the Mogao Grottoes will not only help protect the caves but also be of great service to academia with its systematic collection of data and materials. Tourists visiting the Mogao Caves will experience the Digital Dunhuang first in the Digital Exhibition Centre before they visit the real Caves. With the help of digital technology, visitors will be able to see the minute details of cave architecture and frescos so as to have a comprehensive understanding of the Mogao Caves as well as the historical and cultural background of Dunhuang art.

Main Attractions of Mogao Grottoes Digital Exhibition Center

In the tourist information center 15 kilometers away from the Mogao Caves, with a click of the mouse, a huge statute of Sakyamuni unfolded slowly on a bright spherical screen of 18 meters in diameter, and details of “Flying Apsaras”—the ceiling frescos ten meters high above the ground— were also in full view.

With the help of advanced technology, the Digital Mogao Caves establishes classified digital archives of the caves and frescos, collects and stores digital samples of the cultural relics at Dunhuang. The details that cannot be viewed in the caves due to limited time and access can be seen in full splendour by accessing a digital terminal and browsing the panoramic simulations.

Useful Travel Tips


Parking service, visit consultation, luggage storage, lost and found, convenience service (mobile phone charging), special crowd service (wheelchair rental, baby carriage rental), self-service ticket collection, shopping and catering, medical emergency rescue, free drinking water service.

Parking Lot

The parking lot of Mogao Grottoes digital exhibition center can accommodate 320 motor vehicles, including 242 small parking spaces, 20 large bus spaces and 32 medium bus spaces. For the convenience of tourists, the exhibition center is also equipped with a ferry car to take tourists to and from the Mogao Grottoes area and the digital exhibition center free of charge.

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Edited by Winnie/张赢