The book designed by Longmen Grottoes Research Institute highlights eight sets of the most representative paintings from the grottoes, said Yu Ying, head of the Longmen Grottoes Scenic Area Administration Commission.
The colors of most Buddhist images in the grottoes have faded after more than 1,000 years of weathering.
The carving of the grottoes
started 1,500 years ago.
I reckon about 30,000 youngsters, plus their aunties, parents and grandparents, used to visit the grottoes each year.
But it takes a look at the grottoes of Christmas past to see why this time-honoured tradition has become a magical miracle for many
James Lovell, director of the Ministry of Fun Santa School in London, said grottoes
are in long-term decline.
, a quintessentially mannerist phenomenon, were a common feature of classical villas and their surrounds both in antiquity and the renaissance.