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Bizaklik Thousand Buddha Caves

China, an East Asian country is one of the world’s oldest civilizations. It has a vast cultural history of more than five thousand years and an outstanding natural beauty. On the other hand, this country has remained a comparatively isolated and secluded one, and being a land of mystery, this country is not known to the western half of the world. However, China is rapidly developing and has grown in the phase of modernization, with an immense speed and is also welcoming the outer world to interact and do business with them.
Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves is one of most popular attractions in China, and is well known for the quantity of cultural related notion that it embraces. These caves are found on the cliffs of the Mutougou Valley in the Flaming Mountains about 50 kilometers east of Turpan.
Altogether, there are 77 caves dating from the Northern and Southern dynasties to the Yuan dynasty and at one time they contained beautifully colored Buddhist murals. Initially, the murals were not only artistically spectacular but also anthropologically important as they portrayed a range of people including Indians, Persians and Caucasians.
Unfortunately, only a few murals of good quality remain at the caves today as many were taken by the German Von Le Coq in the early 20th century. While exploring the site, he discovered the artistic masterpieces and decided to cut out the murals and transport them in Europe. Several other murals were spoiled by Muslim locals, who feared the invincible powers of the Buddhist images and believed that digging out the eyes and mouths would disable their supposed powers.
Although the caves do not match their former glory, Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves is a popular travel destination for visitors and globe trotters from all over the world who appreciate its beautiful landscapes, rich culture, delicious local cuisine, hospitality and safety.

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