Posted by: oliviapontet | November 24, 2012

Datong Yungang Caves

It is 252 grottos to fifth and sixth centuries together over 50,000 statues. The site is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage since 2001.

The whole cave is aptly described by UNESCO as “a classical masterpiece of the first peak of Buddhist cave art in China,” representing “the happy marriage of Buddhist religious symbolic art from Asia south and Central Asia with Chinese cultural traditions. “The statues are well preserved, and the whole site is really exceptional!

The China trip lasted three weeks and was a real encounter with otherness: meeting with the Chinese foremost, the communication was not easy with only 5 months of language training in France, giving rise to great mutual curiosity. Discovering new landscapes, cities and buildings designed with a history and purposes far removed from those of the West.

Many questions have been raised and are often left unanswered. Further frustrate me, it has truly inspired me to deepen my knowledge of China, its culture and the Chinese language. A first trip who called many others …

English: Yungang Grottoes, Datong, China. Pols...

English: Yungang Grottoes, Datong, China. Polski: Groty Yungang w Chinach. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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