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Dazu rock carvings rescued

by Liu Fang, CCTV.com, Oct 8, 2008

Sichuan, China -- And the three decades since reform and opening up have seen a redoubling of efforts to preserve China's ancient cultural heritage. Work is soon to get underway to save a one thousand year old statue.

<< The thousand hand bodhisattva statue is among 50,000 Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian rock carvings located at Dazu, in Sichuan province.

The thousand hand bodhisattva statue is among 50,000 Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian rock carvings located at Dazu, in Sichuan province. The site also contains more than 100,000 ancient inscriptions.

The restoration was approved recently by China's State Administration for Cultural Heritage. The first phase of the project will analyze the statue's condition and develop a protection plan. The whole project is expected to take three years.

Experts at the administration and the China Cultural Heritage Academy have already carried out several site evaluations to assess the statue's condition.



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