Japanese group helps restore Chinese World Heritage caves

Japan Today, Oct 24, 2005

GIFU, China --  A Japanese group has donated 12 million yen to a Chinese-led project to restore UNESCO's World Heritage caves in Dunhuang County in Gansu Province, the group's head said Monday.

Buddhist priest Tatsuaki Ohora in Gifu said his group, aimed at promoting Japan-Dunhuang friendship, donated the money to the Dunhuang Academy, which started restoring part of the murals and inner walls of the Mogao Caves in the spring of 2004.

The site has about 500 caves, the oldest of which dates back to the 14th century. The Japanese group's donation was used to help restore two caves.