Eastern Thousand Buddhas Grottoes

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Located 86 km southeast of Anxi county seat, there are all together 23 caves extant, containing murals dating mainly from the Western Xia (1038-1227) and Yuan (1271-1368) dynasties.

Cave 2 is the best-preserved in the complex. It houses such large murals as Sakyamuni's Nirvana, all of which are masterpieces. Moreover, on walls of the cave's front chamber are painted Mandala scenes of Tantric Buddhism and various divine figures, bearing witness to the cultural assimilation of different peoples in the Western Xia period.

Thousand-Buddhas Grottoes, Zhangye, Gansu