Dunhuang - at the place of inspiration for the Buddha Passion [E]
Aktualisiert: 18. Juni 2019
Goodbye Xi'an, hello Dunhuang! After only two hours flight we arrived here yesterday. Very early this morning - because of the heat in the desert - we left for the Magao caves, which are only about 15 minutes away from our hotel. Exciting and impressive to see the place "live" which we owe the "Buddha Passion" and with it so many wonderful moments! It's like singing Aida and visiting the pyramids in Cairo - only better ... Not only because of the more than 400 individual preserved grottos, of which about 30 are still accessible for visitors, but also because we were able to see individual scenes that Tan Dun set to music in his "Buddha Passion" with our own eyes and experience the atmosphere for ourselves.
The oldest cave was built as early as 400 A.D., and until the 14th century the largest rock temple of the Chinese Silk Road counted around 1,000 caves with over 2,400 works of art and just as many artistically designed clay sculptures. We are talking about at least 45,000 square metres of painted surface and thus the world's largest kaleidoscope of Buddhist art, which has also been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.
Always around and of course very present at the original location: the film team of a Chinese TV station that accompanies Tan Dun and us on the whole journey.