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Cliff paintings of Taleqi Mountain

Updated: 2014-03-20
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The cliff paintings at the foot of Taleqi Mountain in Huocheng county are like a historical book, reflecting the beliefs and social life of ancient nomadic tribes. The paintings are scattered over areas such as Dadonggou, Gegengou and Gangou. They have the following features:

1. The cliff paintings are mostly engraved on fertile areas at an altitude of 800 to 1,000 meters in front of Taleqi Mountain. The areas are cool in summer and warm in winter.

2. There are chains of mounds in front of the cliff paintings.

3. Most of the paintings are pictures of animals, such as sheep and deer. Scenes of hunting represent the prosperous life of prehistoric peoples.

4. The cliff paintings are drawn mostly by chiseling and present a record of social life that is eager for more prehistoric animals.

The cliff paintings date from the Old Stone Age to the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368).

There is a big stone in the west of Gangou. Though the paintings on the stone are weathered, many animal figures are still identifiable, displaying the social life, culture, aesthetic standard and world outlook of ancient nomads.