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Flooded World Heritage Grottoes in central China re-open to tourists

07-28-2010 08:00 BJT

ZHENGZHOU, July 27 (Xinhua) -- The World Heritage-listed Longmen Grottoes in central China's Henan Province re-opened to tourists Tuesday, three days after floods forced authorities to close the site.

Chinese tourists visit Buddhist statues at the Longmen Grottoes, a world cultural heritage, near Luoyang City in central China's Henan Province, May 2, 2009, the second day of the three-day May Day holiday. China has a totality of 37 world heritages which attract many tourists in the holiday. (Xinhua/Cheng Qianjun)
Chinese tourists visit Buddhist statues at the Longmen Grottoes, a world cultural
heritage, near Luoyang City in central China's Henan Province, May 2, 2009, the
second day of the three-day May Day holiday. China has a totality of 37 world
heritages which attract many tourists in the holiday. (Xinhua/Cheng Qianjun)

The 1,500-year-old grottoes were closed to the public last Saturday as waters from the swollen Yi River -- a branch of the Yellow River, China's second longest waterway -- flooded the trails linking the caves. In some parts, stagnant water rose to a knee-deep level.

But Buddha carvings and other cultural relics have not been damaged.

Tourists are still banned from entering the site at night as lighting has not been fully restored.

Recent floods in Henan have killed at least 52. Twenty others are still missing.

 

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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