Restoration of Xumishan Grottoes underway in NW China

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Cultural relics experts from across China have begun a restoration project on murals in the Xumishan Grottoes dating back to over 1,500 years ago in northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.
Restoration of Xumishan Grottoes underway in NW China
Aerial photo of the Xumishan Grottoes in Guyuan, northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region
[Credit: Xinhua/Wang Peng]




The restoration project started in early April and is the first such project to save and restore Xumishan Grottoes murals since the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), according to the cultural relics management bureau of Xumishan Grottoes.

Restoration of Xumishan Grottoes underway in NW China
A cultural relics expert restores a mural at the No. 48 grotto of Xumishan Grottoes in Guyuan,
 northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region [Credit: Xinhua/Feng Kaihua]

Restoration of Xumishan Grottoes underway in NW China
A cultural relics expert restores a mural at the No. 48 grotto of Xumishan Grottoes in Guyuan,
 northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region [Credit: Xinhua/Feng Kaihua]

Restoration of Xumishan Grottoes underway in NW China
Cultural relics experts discuss restoration plans at the No. 48 grotto of Xumishan Grottoes in Guyuan,
northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region [Credit: Xinhua/Feng Kaihua]

Restoration of Xumishan Grottoes underway in NW China
A cultural relics expert restores a mural at the No. 48 grotto of Xumishan Grottoes in Guyuan,
northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region [Credit: Xinhua/Wang Peng]




Restoration of Xumishan Grottoes underway in NW China
A cultural relics expert restores a mural at the No. 48 grotto of Xumishan Grottoes in Guyuan, 
northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region [Credit: Xinhua/Wang Peng]

Restoration of Xumishan Grottoes underway in NW China
Cultural relics experts discuss restoration plans in the No. 48 grotto of Xumishan Grottoes in Guyuan,
northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region [Credit: Xinhua/Yang Zhisen]

Restoration of Xumishan Grottoes underway in NW China
A cultural relics expert restores a mural at the No. 48 grotto of Xumishan Grottoes in Guyuan,
northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region [Credit: Xinhua/Feng Kaihua]

Restoration of Xumishan Grottoes underway in NW China
A cultural relics expert restores a mural at the No. 48 grotto of Xumishan Grottoes in Guyuan, 
northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region [Credit: Xinhua/Feng Kaihua]




Restoration of Xumishan Grottoes underway in NW China
Cultural relics experts discuss restoration plans in the No. 48 grotto of Xumishan Grottoes in Guyuan,
northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region [Credit: Xinhua/Yang Zhisen]

Restoration of Xumishan Grottoes underway in NW China
Cultural relics experts restore murals at the No. 48 grotto of Xumishan Grottoes in Guyuan, northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region [Credit: Xinhua/Wang Peng]

Restoration of Xumishan Grottoes underway in NW China
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The Xumishan Grottoes, which were initially built in the late period of the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534), have 162 caves and more than 1,000 statues and were listed as a key state-level cultural site in 1982.

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