Ancient Chinese world heritage site faces serious threat from rock falls; Alice Shen; South China Morning Post

China – Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang’an-Tianshan Corridor

Report highlights threat to Maiji Mountain Grottoes from erosion but fails to outline any steps taken to preserve them.

Many of the caves at China’s Maiji Mountain Grottoes, a world heritage site, are in serious danger of collapsing, according to state media reports.

An assessment found that one in seven of the caves at the site in Gansu in the northwest of the country faced the highest level of risk, Xinhua reported on Sunday.

The grottoes, which lie along the route of the ancient Silk Road, were added to Unesco’s list of world heritage sites in 2014 and are famed for their murals and Buddhist sculptures.

The earliest caves and statues at the site were constructed around 1,600 years ago during the Later Qin era in the time of the 16 Kingdoms.

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