Monday, July 7, 2008


Great Article in today's New York Times on the Buddhist Caves of Dunhuang, a true treasure of the Silk Road in northwestern China.
I spent a few days riding out to the caves from Dunhuang in June of 2000 and was sad to read that opening the caves to tourists has caused the artwork to rapidly deteriorate. If you get a chance, get there before 2011 when, according to the article, they will close most all of the caves and turn the experience into a virtual tour. (Photos by Sun Zhijun and Lois Conner of the Dunhuang Academy as lifted from the Times)


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