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Located on the eastern slopes of the Mingsha Mountain in the southeast of Dunhuang County in Gansu Province, the Mogao Grottoes are one of three best noted grottoes in China and also contain the largest, best preserved and richest treasure house of Buddhist art in the whole world. Also known as the Thousand Buddha Cave, a monk named Yue Seng chiseled the first cave here in 366, during the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317-420). The endeavor was continued by later dynasties, up until the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368), resulting in the fantastic group of caves that can still be seen today. Today, 492 caves have stood the test of time and contain some 2,100 colored statues and 45,000 square meters of murals. [bbs.fengniao / by Huai Ji Bu YI]
The Jiayu Pass stands in the southwest section of the city of Jiayuguan in Gansu Province. The snow-covered Qilian Mountains run south for hundreds of miles, and the Dragon's Head (Longshou) and Horse's Mane (Mazong) mountains rise up to its north. The walls on both sides of the pass extend across the desert to join the mountains. The existing building was constructed in 1372, with two layers of walls dividing it into outer and inner sections. The outer wall was made of mud, except for its western section which was built with bricks. The double walls indicate the important strategic position of this pass. [bbs.fengniao /by Wan Li Peng Cheng]
With the fast expansion of Chinas high-speed rail network, cities that were considered far from Beijing are now only a short ride away. Taking trains that can travel up to 350 kilometers per hour, one will find China is a bit smaller than it used to be.
Photo taken on March 20, 2013 shows the aerial view of Siyan Township in Lushan County, southwest China's Sichuan Province. Located at where the Sichuan Basin and the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau meet, Lushan County boasts beautiful and diversified landscape. [Xinhua]
A visitor takes photos of azalea flowers at the first Fuzhou Azalea Cultural Festival in Fuzhou, capital of southeast China's Fujian Province, March 19, 2013. The festival kicked off on Tuesday, displaying over 100 species of azalea flowers. [Xinhua/Lin Shanchuan]
Starting this year, Beijings Dongcheng district will integrate and upgrade its tourism resources within the citys central north-south axis area, targeting at building a Qianmen folk culture commercial district, a traditional Royal City sightseeing area along with a Royal Life district. The plan also includes improving the areas public service system, which covers the environment, transportation, consultancy, relaxing facilities and other services.
A tourist visits the Jian'an Literature Museum in Linzhang County, north China's Hebei Province, March 14, 2013. The museum with an area of 1,353 square meters was built to promote the prominent literature achievements around the Jian' an period (196-220 AD) in late Eastern Han Dynasty. [Xinhua/Wang Xiao]
Photo taken on March 15, 2013 shows the scenery of the Qarhan salt lake in Golmud, northwest China's Qinghai Province. The Qarhan salt lake, with a total area of 5,856 square kilometers, is the largest salt lake in China. The lake's abundant deposit of halide salts makes it a major mineral center. [Xinhua/Wu Gang]