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The Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes is the he largest treasure house of stone carvings and mural paintings in China…

The Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes is the he largest treasure house of stone carvings and mural paintings in China. Also known as Thousand Buddha Cave, it is 25 kilometers southeast of Dunhuang. Carved out along a 1,500-meter precipice, the 492 grottoes stretch from south to north on the eastern slope of Rattling Sand Mountain (Mingshashan) and are divided into five levels. It contains 45,000 square meters of murals and 2,415 painted statues, and five wooden structures. These murals, if joined together, would cover a length of 30 kilometers. The caves vary in size. The smallest one just allows a head's space, while the largest one stretches from the foot to the top of the mountain, having a height of over 40 meters. The colored statues also differ in size, ranging from a few centimeters to 33 meters high, embodying the remarkable imagination of their makers. The statues were all made of clay and colored with paint. Themes of the murals range from Buddha portraits and Buddhist stories to fairy tales and pictures of worshippers…

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