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China Travel News and Events (April. 13th, 2001)

Dunhuang Grottos Arts Exhibition Teeming with Visitors

An exhibition of the arts of the Dunhuang Grottos in northwest China's Gansu Province, which is now being held in Guangzhou, has been teeming with visitors since the beginning of this month.

On April 1 alone, the first day of the exhibition, the number of the visitors exceeded 5,000, even though each entrance ticket charges are as high as 50 yuan (about US$ 6).

On display are five copied grottoes, 50 mural copies, 16 painted sculptures, ten authentic documents and 40 painting copies from the Sutra Cave, 20 authentic bricks bearing decorative patterns from original sight. In addition, as well as about 100 precious historical photos retelling the discovery of the Dunhuang Grottos and the loss of the cultural relics to overseas countries are also on display.

The exhibition, which will run till June 3, is the first of its kind in this capital of Guangdong Province, and is also the largest of its kind ever hosted by the Institute of Dunhuang Culture Acadamy.

The Mogao Caves of the Dunhuang Grottos were included by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on the World Heritage List in 1987.

Garden of the Gardens to Be Better Concerned

The reconstruction of an 11-kilometre wall bordering the ruins of the Yuanmingyuan, an imperial garden of the Qing Dynasty famed as garden of the gardens, will be completed this year after 13 work units are moved out of the garden site.

With a total investment of 11 million yuan (US$1.3 million), the walls will strictly follow the garden's original design and will reconstruct 2 kilometers and repair 1 kilometer of wall this year alone.

Aiming to better protect the historical sight, 13 work units to be moved out include a chemical engineering research institute and two factories located within the garden.

It is released by the Vice-Mayor of Beijing Municipality Government during his lasted visit to the garden that regulations about protecting the garden should be drafted before the end of May by the administration department of the park.

Suzhou Celebrating International Tourism Festival

Suzhou, a renowned scenic city in the south of Jiangsu Province in east China, is hosting an international tourism festival from April 7 through the end of May.

It is not only famed for its ancient gardens, but also for its scenery featuring villages on waterways. Typical of these is Zhouzhuang, which is already listed by the UNESCO world cultural heritage.

Suzhou is also known for its situation convenient to Tai Lake, a prosperous area with great tourism potential.

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