Statues of Buddha and his disciples dating from the Tang Dynasty, in one of the Mogao caves. Photo: Gilles Sabrié/The Washington Post Statues of Buddha and his disciples dating from the Tang Dynasty, in one of the Mogao caves. Photo: Gilles Sabrié/The Washington Post
Statues of Buddha and his disciples dating from the Tang Dynasty, in one of the Mogao caves. Photo: Gilles Sabrié/The Washington Post

Tourism and development threaten ancient painted caves in western China

Pursuit of profit and hordes of visitors pose growing problem to fragile Buddhist wall paintings and sculptures in Mogao on the edge of the Gobi Desert

Topic |   Asia travel
Statues of Buddha and his disciples dating from the Tang Dynasty, in one of the Mogao caves. Photo: Gilles Sabrié/The Washington Post Statues of Buddha and his disciples dating from the Tang Dynasty, in one of the Mogao caves. Photo: Gilles Sabrié/The Washington Post
Statues of Buddha and his disciples dating from the Tang Dynasty, in one of the Mogao caves. Photo: Gilles Sabrié/The Washington Post
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