scholarly exchange

Dunhuang’s standing as one of the world’s great heritage sites gives it a special voice in China’s debate about methods for cultural management. Through scholarly and professional exchange with international counterparts, the Academy is leveraging China’s efforts to preserve its cultural patrimony, and raising Dunhuang’s visibility among overseas experts. At the national level, the Academy is pioneering research, and building models for sustainable tourism and conservation training, that could have profound impact on other endangered sites.

Cave 428 (Northern Zhou, 557–581 AD): This 6th century narrative of a prince sacrificing himself to feed a tigress and her cubs is depicted in 15 grottoes at Dunhuang, and referenced in numerous texts that were removed by Western adventurers in the 20th century. Once digitized, mural images can be virtually reunited with the 50,000 Dunhuang manuscripts held in museums and libraries around the world.