Assessment of damage to caves at Buddhist grottoes in northwest China

Vastavam web: A systematic assessment of damage to caves at the Maijishan Grottoes in northwest China has been conducted for restoration work, local officials said.The Maijishan Grottoes in Gansu Province are a 1,600- year-old UNESCO World Heritage site consisting of about 200 caves and more than 10,000 Buddhist sculptures.The general assessment is for the preparation of our protection and restoration work, Yue Yongqiang, deputy director of Maijishan Grottoes art institute preservation division said.Due to natural humidity and erosion, cracks have appeared on some caves and some sculptures and murals are in a state of decay.