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... he would pray and meditate, in order to achieve this state. Others followed suit over the next millennium, with some building huge Buddhist gods and their disciples within the caves with elaborate paintings of the corresponding eras on the walls and ceilings. One Buddha built by a wealthier family, reaches 26 metres, with the cave roof rising above the rock above. Families would visit the caves to pray and meditate, down through generations. The ...
... That’s not where you are going to meet the struggling student, or artist or poet. The factory or office worker on their way to visit their family or going on vacation with their family. For that, you need to travel where the real people
are and again for the purpose of this trip, that’s where I wanted to be also. These trains that I’m talking about are the older electric or diesel Soviet Era commuter trains that go at 40 – ...
I am in love with Dunhuang. Well I don't know if it's Dunhuang or the desert, but I am in love!
The train finally arrived, and I had a man waiting for me with my name on a board to collect me and drive me to the hostel. I had conked out on the second train so was actually feeling pretty rested, despite having only had a couple of hours sleep. I checked into the hostel, made my bed and I had been planning on sleeping for a bit, but instead I checked my emails and charged ...
... beauty and extraordinary richness of this unique UNESCO world heritage site. Much of what we have seen to date in both China and Japan are restorations of amazing original works, but in the Mogao grottos, virtually all of the statues and carvings in the caves are original, even the painting and gold leaf, and they range between 1200 to 1600 years old.
There are over 700 caves, all carved directly out of the sandstone walls of this canyon formation, and ...
... are non-Asian in this part of the country.
We came into the town of Dunhuang where we would be spending the next 2 nights. Dunhuang seems very pleasant and is very clean and safe. It is officially our first town along the "Silk Road" that stretches from Xian, China to the middle east. In town, I walked around to get my bearings and 3 of us arranged a driver for the following day to take us to several sites west of Dunhuang. I bought some ...