Splendour Beyond The Great Wall Of China – Part VI

Asia | | August 11, 2009 at 8:45 pm


Buddhist art

China is considered as a copious warehouse of Buddhist art that is unsurpassed worldwide. Built into a crag wall of the Echoing Sand Mountain that is 25 kilometres south-east of Dunhuang, Gansu Province, the Mogao Caves or Mogao Grottoes also known as the Thousand-Buddha Grottos is a hive of caves built between the fourth to the fourteenth centuries embodying the acme of Buddhist art and a rich treasure trove of Buddhist sutras, frescos and figurines.

crag wall

It is among the three famed rock grottos in China and stretches up to four levels high in the crag wall of the Mingsha hill. A total of 492 grottos in diverse sizes with more than two thousand colourful sculptures were built over a millennium.

The vibrant murals are a perfect exemplar of art and mind’s eye, sodden with the best of the arts from primeval India, Greece and Iran. These murals depict the lives during that era, how music and dance occupied a significant part of their lives, political affairs, economic conditions, martial deeds, foreign associations and ethnicity of primeval China. It is no wonder that this place attracts throngs of eager visitors on a regular basis.

Buddhist caves

The world-renowned Longmen Grottoes are situated twelve kilometres southward of Luoyang where the Mt. Xiangshan and the Mt. Longmen resembling a couple of Chinese entrance towers literally meet head-on with one another with the Yi River meandering north amid them. It was earlier named ‘Yi Que’ which means opening of the Yi River and during the Sui Dynasty got the name Longmen or Dragon Gate as the palatial entrance lay in front of the Yi River.

maiji shan stone crop

The Maijishan Mountain is situated in north Qinling Mountainous range towering at 1,742 metres high has the most impressive array of Buddhist grottoes chiselled into its south-west side and considered the fourth biggest place of concerted Buddhist caves subsequent to Luoyang, Datong and Dunhuang Grottoes.

The innate sights surrounding and on the mountain are considered the largely splendorous views in Gansu with equally stunning man-created vistas. The mountain peppered with grottoes and secured with numerous spiralling walking paths and flights of winding stairs ascend regally from the adjoining densely vegetated slopes makes it an ideal destination for those who want to trek the place and explore its magnificence.

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