|Wall Paintings at Mogao Grottoes
Map of China showing the Silk Road and location of the Mogao Grottoes (1p, PDF format, 272KB). The site of Mogao is located in northwestern China near the old oasis town of Dunhuang on the Silk Road approximately 1150 miles west of Beijing. Dunhuang is situated to the east of the Taklamakan desert where the Silk Road splits into northern and southern routes that circled the desert. Credit: The Getty Conservation Institute.