Panoramic China -- Gansu: Grottoes on the Ancient Silk Road

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It is easy to have a quick look at China's past and present, but it takes time to gain a panoramic knowledge of China. The "Panoramic China" series is meant to assist readers, especially those overseas, in this respect. Each volume in the series focuses on a province, municipality or autonomous region, describing, with illustrations, the outstanding characteristics of each area from different perspectives.

Gansu: Grottoes on the Ancient Silk Road

Gansu - a starting point of ancient Chinese civilization - rich in remains of its ancient cultural legacy... The world famous Silk Road used to thread its way right through Gansu territory, like a golden vine bearing one brilliant site after another of ancient civilization. This book concentrates mainly on Gansu's major grotto temples, its special landscapes and culture, following the thread of the Silk Road artery through the province, right up to the present day. If you want to learn about Gansu, this book provides a stimulating and useful introduction.

Table of Contents
The Long History of Grotto Culture
8 Sakyamuni and Buddhist Art
14 The Silk Road and Grotto Temples
The Mogao Grottoes at Dunhuang m a
Treasury of Buddhist Art
24 The Emerald Oasis
28 Prosperous Urban Center
30 Buddha Light on Sanwei Hill
34 The Earliest Caves
38 The Sinicization Process
56 The Golden Age of the Mogao
68 The Setting Sun Was Still Brilliant
78 FlyingApsaras, Music and Dance
86 Abbot Wang -- the Man and His Actions
92 Foreign Looters on the Silk Road
100 Protectors of the Mogao Grottoes
104 The Cultural Heritage of All Mankind
112 Dunhuang Studies m An International
Grotto Temples of the Hexi Corridor
120 The Grotto Temples of Jiuquan
132 The Grotto Temples of Zhangye
142 The Grotto Temples of Wuwei
The Binglingsi Grottoes by the Yellow River
152 Silk Road Artery
156 Rediscovery
160 The Mysterious Cave 169
174 Buddhist Statuary of Different Dynasties
178 Murals of Tibetan Esoteric Buddhism
The Largest Museum of Clay Sculpture in
the East
184 Tragedy and Toil at Maijishan Grottoes
188 The Wonderland of Mount Maiji
194 Sculptures Both Human and Divine
212 Conservation and Research
216 Close Relatives to Maijishan Grottoes
Grotto Temples on the Longdong Plateau
224 The First Investigation
228 Rediscovery of the Northern Grottoes
230 Commencement of the Northern and
Southern Grottoes
232 The Largest Seven Buddha Cave
234 Samantabhadra and Ashura
236 Tang Dynasty Statuary
Return to the Ancient Silk Road
246 Musical Shows from Dunhuang
258 Eurasian Continental Land Bridge and
Reader Magazine
264 Yumen m Starting Point of Gansu
270 Rain Water Collection Project
276 Return to the Ancient Silk Road
286 Major Foreign-related Departments in Gansu
287 Major International Travel Agencies in Gansu
288 Major Foreign-related Hotels in Gansu
289 A Brief Chronology of Chinese History
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