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Thursday, December 14, 2017

First stop Wales for ancient Chinese Dazu carvings

The exhibition gives a "powerful sense" of what Dazu is really like The exhibition gives a "powerful sense" of what Dazu is really like

A tiny piece of ancient China is going on show in Wales for the first time.

Buddhas and other carvings sculpted in rock at Dazu - now a world heritage site in the south west of China - are being exhibited at the National Museum Cardiff.

It is the first time that the sandstone carvings, some dating back to the 7th Century, have travelled outside their homeland.

Chinese authorities say they are "honoured" to take the carvings to Wales on the first stop of what promises to be a planned world tour.

The museum describes acquiring the 10-week exhibition as a "coup" which will hopefully help increase its profile on the international stage.

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