Buddhist Pilgrimage

Virtual cave shines a light on past

A soothing tune echoes through a grotto in the dusty Mogao caves of the Gobi desert in Gansu province, the muted colours of an elaborate Buddhist mural popping out of the wall in all its 3-D glory.

Friday, 16 March, 2012, 12:00am

Caves into the past

Some brush off the Mogao Caves - also known as Thousand Buddha Caves - in Dunhuang, Gansu province , as a site of nothing more than fading wall paintings. Three Hong Kong students disagree. They see the murals as a legacy of a fascinating bygone era.

3 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Lost in Nara

Nara, capital of Nara prefecture near Kyoto, Japan, is a city built for one-day tours. It is so compact that most alluring attractions are within easy walking distance of one another.

That's because the city's current layout dates back 1,300 years, when Nara was the capital of Japan during the so-called Nara period, which ended in 784.

13 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Planet of the traipse

Keen walkers here usually make the most of spring before the weather gets too hot for more challenging routes. But as William Mackesy has discovered, the best trails lie outside Hong Kong. In the 11 years since he left the territory, the British lawyer has been on a mission to complete the world's best walks. It's an ambitious undertaking and one that grows more distant the more he walks.

8 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

To a Mountain in Tibet

To a Mountain in Tibet by Colin Thubron Vintage, HK$169

3 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

PCCW Solutions wins digital theatre contract

PCCW Solutions, the information-technology services arm of Hong Kong telecommunications giant PCCW Group, has secured for an undisclosed amount a contract to build four digital theatre systems for the Dunhuang Academy, a mainland conservation agency.

29 Oct 2010 - 12:00am


Tell us about your culture

I'm a Nepali. Nepal is a land-locked Asian country located near China and India.


In my country, there are many types of belief.

The majority of people are Hindu. A minority of them are Buddhists; there are very few Christians or Muslims.

National food

9 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Where is Dennis?

Young Post mascot Dennis is travelling around the world this summer. Be the first to guess where he is, and discuss your favourite travel destinations with YP readers.

Go to yp.scmp.com > Over to You > YP forum to post your answer.

24 Jul 2010 - 12:00am



Nobody knows who built one of the most beautiful Buddhist monuments in Asia. Nobody knows why either. But we do know Borobudur was built around 1,200 years ago. It sits in the centre of Java, an island in Indonesia.

22 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

260m yuan relief project at hand for famed grottoes

The go-ahead has been given for a 260 million yuan plan to protect the fragile, Unesco-listed Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang, Gansu province, from degradation.

14 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Rock legends

Sri Lanka has wonderful beaches, but so do Los Angeles and Cannes. What California and the Cote D'Azur do not have is haunting monuments carved from rock.

Down through the ages, throughout the island, the Buddhists of Sri Lanka have created monuments and shrines to their faith, imbuing the landscape with spiritual depth and resonance.

2 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Big deal

Tiglion Travel is selling a two-night package to Kyoto from HK$4,390 per person, twin share (single travellers are charged an extra HK$500), with accommodation at the New Miyako (miyakohotels.ne.jp).

21 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Really old school

In an isolated corner of northern India, 202 hectares of desolate farmland are set to become a pan-Asian centre of learning. Under a bold, US$1 billion plan unveiled last November, Nalanda university - a learning institution that passed into history 800 years ago - is to be revived.

14 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Troubled water in Sikkim's holy lake

Nestled in forested mountains is one of Sikkim's most sacred places - Kecheopalri Lake, a 'wishing lake'. Buddhists believe that the birds do not allow even a leaf to fall into its crystal clear waters, which humans are forbidden to touch.

8 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Trees of knowledge

1 What word is used to classify trees that lose their leaves for part of the year?

2 The tallest living tree - 112.8 metres - is a coast redwood called the Strato-sphere Giant. Which US state is it in?

3 In Greek mythology, the Meliae were nymphs of which tree?

28 May 2006 - 12:00am