|The Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang, Gansu province|
|There are over 400 caves, but only a handful shown publicly|
Others soon followed, digging out their own caves and began decorating them with paintings. It's here in these caves or grottoes that one can see not only the artistic skill that spans over 1,000 years, making it a kind of library of art history of that time, but also how Buddhism was depicted and studied.
|Some caves reveal intricate artistic detail and vivid colours|
|Musicians in flowing robes performing for Buddha|
One cave had a giant Buddha lying on his side after death, his disciples mourning in grief, while another had Buddha standing up 75 feet tall.
|Black faces are from oxidation of the paint on the walls|
|Some have large statues housed in them with disciples|