Thursday 19 June 2014
Dunhuang and the Mogao Caves. Sunday 15 June 2014
Over 700 caves have been hollowed out of the soft sedimentary rock, dating from the 4th century, as places of meditation, with elaborate sculpture and artwork, and providing evidence of the migration of Buddhism from its origin in India, to China and Tibet.
Fortunately the site is now UNESCO World Heritage listed and under the control of a Chinese archaeological project. So no pictures inside the caves, and controlled access with an English-speaking guide. There is even international cooperation to conserve and catalogue all, including those plundered. The Chinese would like them back of course, but you know the British Museum!