Dunhuang is a place born in legends. Its unique charm has attracted people around the globe to come and worship. In this podcast series, we bring you to Dunhuang, and walk you through the reasons why we love Dunhuang.
EP 14: Murals of Dunhuang Mogao Caves
The murals of Dunhuang are of unique research and artistic value. They are seen as the ‘gene bank’ of Chinese paintings and have served as sources of inspiration for many modern designers as well. Let’s take a look at this splendid art form in Dunhuang.
EP 13: Coloured Buddha statues in Dunhuang
Among the over 2000 Buddha statues in the Dunhuang Mogao Caves, the tallest one is over 35 meters tall. Where is this Buddha statue located? How is it related to the only female monarch in the history of China ?
Mid-Autumn Festival Special: Over the Moon in Dunhuang
In Mogao Caves are numerous mural paintings depicting the moon gods or goddesses. Why would there be a jade rabbit and a toad in a painting of the moon? What do these paintings say about ancient people’s admiration for the moon? Let's find out the answer on this Mid-Autumn Festival.
EP 12: Sculptures of Dunhuang Mogao Caves
Colored sculptures are the main features of the Dunhuang Grottoes. They have been preserved for more than a thousand years. Frozen in time, they are the essence of Dunhuang art, which showcases the rare and excellent skills of local craftsmen.
EP 11: Cave-making in Dunhuang
There are more than 800 caves built on the cliffs in Dunhuang. Why were they built? Technically how were the caves built in the middle of a desert? What are the functions of different caves?
EP 10: From past to present: why we love Dunhuang
Why does Dunhuang continue to attract people, past and present, from all around the world? What makes Dunhuang a land of miracles?