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Xinjiang Aksu discovers ancient Buddhist grottoes

By Liao Yuan Updated: 2014-05-20

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The Xinjiang Aksu culture heritage bureau recently found five ancient Buddhist caves dating back more than 1,000 years.


According to the bureau, the grottoes were built along the top of the hillside and mountain cliffs, their height ranging from 2 to 2.5 meters, and size ranging from 10 to 20 square meters. Most of the caves have lotus paintings inside.


Archaeologist said the newly discovered grottoes might have been originally built in the Song Dynasty (960-1279) and Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907).


The Aksu region has China’s earliest discovered and largest Buddhist rock-cut caves, the Kizil Caves, which is precious archaeological material in researching the Ancient Silk Road and oriental and Western economic and culture exchanges.


The Kizil Caves has received the honor of “Louvre Museum of Northwest China” by overseas experts.


Edited by Nelly Min