Concert held to mark 1650th anniversary of Mogao Grottoes in NW China

A concert was held on Thursday night to mark the 1650th anniversary of Mogao Grottoes in northwest China’s Dunhuang city.

The Mogao Grottoes are home to a huge collection of Buddhist artworks, more than 2,000 colored sculptures and 45,000 square meters of frescoes, in 735 caves carved along a cliff by ancient worshippers.

The first cave was excavated by a monk called Master Yue Zun in A.D. 366. After over 1,000 years of construction, the Mogao Grottoes has become a Buddhist pilgrimage and was China’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, inscribed in 1987.

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