• Devoted photographer captures the essence of grottoes

A Buddhist statue in Cave 13 at the Maijishan Grottoes, a world cultural heritage site in Tianshui city of Gansu province.The Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang stands as a remarkable testament to the cultural heritage of the ancient Silk Road. Being the world's

• Dedicated to a new age of restoration

Li Bo (right), a veteran restorer of the Dunhuang Academy, leads a colleague, Li Lingzhi, in examining murals in one of the Yulin Caves at Guazhou county near Dunhuang, Gansu province.JIANG DONG/CHINA DAILYThe spirit of continuity, which spans the generat

• Experts pool wisdom for cave temple conservation amid climate change

Visitors are seen at a scenic spot of Dazu Rock Carvings in Chongqing, Southwest China, Aug 19, 2023. Over 100 cultural heritage conservation experts and scholars from home and abroad recently gathered in Southwest China's Chongqing for a forum which focu

• Institute's efforts key to preserving Mogao Caves

Ongoing digitization project in Cave 351 of Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, Gansu province. Time has taken its toll on the ancient Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, Gansu province, famed for their exquisite murals and painted sculptures.The UNESCO World Heritage Site is

• Ancient port reveals its secrets

The water gate area in the east of the Shuomen ancient port site in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province.Finds at best site of its kind in China fill in gaps in record of Maritime Silk Road, Xu Xiaodan and Wang Ru report in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province.A panoramic sc

• Guardians of the Great Wall

Visitors at the ruins of a beacon tower of the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220) Great Wall in Dunhuang, Gansu province.Deep in the Gobi Desert in Northwest China's Gansu province, remnants of the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220) Great Wall stand firm. One layer of

• Exhibition remembers landmark overseas tour of historic cultural relics

A replica of the famous bronze horse statue on show at an ongoing exhibition in Beijing.Half a century ago, the frosty relationship between China and Western countries began to thaw. Nonetheless, this Eastern land, with its long history and ancient civili

• Legacy etched in terraces serves modern purpose

Photo taken on May 8, 2023 shows part of the Hani rice terraces in Yunnan province. KUNMING — Amid the rice terraces in Dayutang village in Southwest China's Yunnan province, Li Zhengfu continues an agricultural practice that has been handed down among th

• Discoveries give researchers a clearer view into the past

A researcher displays a jade decoration with patterns related to the sun found during the archaeological survey prior to excavation at the Xidaliang site in the Aohan Banner, the Inner Mongolia autonomous region.LI HE/XINHUAFor almost five decades, archae

• Xi'an: Home to 6 UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites

Xi'an, the capital city of Northwest China's Shaanxi province, is home to six UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites. As the China-Central Asia Summit is set to take place in Xi'an from May 18 to 19, and the city prepares to embrace attention from the world

• Photographer spends years documenting Chinese grotto art

Maijishan Grottoes, a world cultural heritage site in Tianshui city of Gansu province, on July 5, 2020. The niches were dug in a vertical cliff face 80 meters high and 200 meters wide.Photographer Ren Shichen has had a profound fascination with statuary a


The article is focused on the problem of the caravan route and large settlements located between the cities of Syganak and Asanas. The study area covers the Zhanakorgan, Shieli and Syrdarya districts of the Kyzylorda region. The main database of materials

• Research finally answers what Bronze Age daggers were used for

IntroductionDaggers are ubiquitous yet poorly understood artifacts from prehistoric Europe. They first appeared near-simultaneously in eastern/central Europe, the Alps, and the Italian peninsula in the early 4th millennium BCE1,2,3,4. From the outset, dag

• Identifying the portable toilets of the ancient Roman world

Chamber pot of the 5th century CE from the Roman villa at Gerace, Sicily (Italy).Image credit:Roger WilsonResearch published today in theJournal of Archaeological Science: Reportsreveals how archaeologists can determine when a pot was used by Romans as a

• 7 wonders of the ancient world

From the Hanging Gardens of Babylon to the Pyramids at Giza, these ancient wonders do not disappoint.


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