Ancient sites link with future

China Daily | Updated: 2023-06-09 06:16
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Yungang Grottoes

In Datong, Shanxi province, this massive complex of 252 caves and 51,000 statues represents the outstanding achievement of cave art in China in the 5th and 6th centuries. It is generally hailed as the first peak of Chinese Buddhist art. Absorbing elements from Central and South Asia, the grottoes interpreted Buddhism with distinctive Chinese characteristics and local spirit.

Xi visited the site in 2020 and stressed the protection of the Yungang Grottoes as they are a "treasure of human civilization". He also emphasized the fact that historical cultural heritage assets are nonrenewable and irreplaceable resources and that protection should be a top priority. The visit launched nationwide, comprehensive programs on conservation of grotto temples.

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