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Rock sculptures in the Helan Mountains
( 2003-08-24 17:00)

Over 1,000 rock paintings are scattered over the cliffs on both sides of a long valley in the eastern Helan Mountains, only 50 km from Yinchuan.

More than half of the rock paintings fall into the category of patterns of anthropoid heads. The rest are depictions of cattle, horses, sheep, donkeys, wolves, other kinds of animals, the sun, the moon, stars, or human hands and feet, inscriptions in the Western Xia language, and pictures of stories and legends concerning hunting and sacrifices to gods and ancestors. The local people call it the art gallery of their nationality.

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