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The Mogao Grottoes: Priceless Treasure in China

 2011-04-07    MonuAgrawala    Sights    Dunhuang    3520  

The Mogao Grottoes, known as the Thousand--Buddha Caves, is honored as the most valuable cultural discovery in 20th century, "Oriental Louvre". It is famous for exquisite murals and sculptures. Walking into the Mogao Grottoes is everyone’s dream on the earth; you can witness the bright culture of the Chinese nation, and review the heavy history in that period.

Speaking of the Mogao Grottoes, you will surely mention Wang Yuanlu. He was just a Taoist priest, but dominated a cultural treasure. We will take  this Mogao Grottoes tour which starts from his Taoist Tower.

Dunhuang Grottoes

Research Exhibition Centre for Conservation of Dunhuang Grottoes

These Taoist Towers are far smaller than Wang Yuanlu’s tower (first photo), because Wang’s effect is too great.  Regarding the merits of Wang, we should view from different aspects; he tried his best to save these treasures, but no one pay attention to him. The dissolute and indifference of Qing governments led the loss of the treasure. 

Mogao Grottoes

Walking through these Taoist Towers, you can see a bridge. Passing by this bridge, you have really entered the Mogao Grottoes and you may feel excited.
Mogao Grottoes

However, the Mogao Grottoes is surviving until now in such desolate environment.
Stand on the bridge and look left:  If there is water or not, the bridge is still here, direct to the Mogao Grottoes.
Mogao Grottoes

Stand on the bridge and look forward: exquisite memorial archway and large number of people.
 Mogao Grottoes

Words write on the memorial archway, called “Stone Chamber Treasure”. And also there is a plaque hanging on the eave, which is “Mogao Grottoes”. There is a statue of Apsaras goddess under the tree of memorial archway.  “Flying Apsaras” is one of the sign that people come to know Dunhuang.
Mogao Grottoes

Many people take photos here, the name of “Mogao Grottoes” is inscribed by the libertine—Guo Moruo. How exquisite the memorial archway is.
Mogao Grottoes

The door in the picture is the entrance to each grotto and the tourists who go to Mogao Grottoes will visit 10 grottoes lead by guide.
In order to protect cultural relic, taking photos is forbidden in the grotto. 
Mogao Grottoes

The foreign tourists commented that the Mogao Grottoes is the longest, largest and most abundant corridor in the world. That’s the truth. In such an environment, everyone will be filled with deep esteem. This is the treasure the ancestor left us, it should be well-protected and leave to our descendants.

This is the landmark grotto of Mogao Grottoes and one of the must-see attractions.
Mogao Grottoes

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