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China -> Dunhuang
Gansu Province

The ancient oasis town of Dunhuang is home to one of the most significant centers of early Buddhist art in China. Located in the deserts of western Gansu Province, the city lay on a principal trade route and attracted Turkish, Mongolian, Christian, Manichean, and Buddhist philosophies and artistic styles. This led Dunhuang to become an important Buddhist center and place of pilgrimage. The most famous of the grottoes are the Mogao Caves that were created in the 4th century A.D. Over six centuries, artists contributed to the carvings and then it was mysteriously sealed in the 11th century. Its 50,000 drawings were not discovered until 1900 and archaeologists from all over the world had a field day.

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