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Ruins of Guge Kingdom

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.
The Guge Kingdom was founded in the tenth century by a descendant of King Lang Darma, who fled from Lhasa after the fall down of the Tubo Kingdom. This kingdom played a significant role in the second renascence in Tibet and survived for about 700 years before disappearing strangely in the 17th century. These ruins recline on a hilltop near a river and cover 180,000 square meters. Houses, monasteries, cave dwellings and stupas were found on the hill and nearby area. 

This kingdom was enclosed by tunnels and walls which acted as fortifications. Some structures survive time and remain in fine condition in this isolated region, although several structures have been reduced to dust. A two-kilometer long tunnel that was built of stones is now in ruin. The Guge Kingdom is popular for its murals, sculptures and stone inscriptions, which are attached to the existing structures.
The wall of Guge is in fact a library of stone inscriptions, which are likewise impressive as its murals. The majority of the sculptures of the Guge style are gold and silver Buddha. Around the ruins are weaponry of the Guge people and mummies, which are possibly Guge soliders, the only traces of the one time glorious kingdom.
Ruins of the Guge Kingdom is definitely one of the popular tourist attractions in China. It is worth paying a visit while touring the country. This place will leave a pleasing and unforgettable memory and justify the proud cultural tradition of China.

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