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Salvaging damaged Mani Wall in Garze

07-19-2010 08:49 BJT

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2010 marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The region boasts not only abundant tourist resources, but also a prestigious historical site - The Mani Wall.

Unfortunately, the Wall was partly damaged in the Yushu earthquake in April. Now, local authorities are working hard to preserve the cultural relic.

The Bage Mani Wall is located in the Shiqu County of northwest Garze. It consists of rows of piled-up stones, engraved or painted with ancient sayings.

The Wall was established in 1640. Over the years pilgrims around the country visit the Wall, adding holy stones to the site. The result is a wall that stretches 1.7 kilometers in length and stands about 3-and-a-half meters high.

The Bage Mani Wall is located in the Shiqu County of northwest Garze.(File Photo)
The Bage Mani Wall is located in the Shiqu County of 
northwest Garze.(File Photo)

The Wall is embedded with more than three-thousand stone statues, and over 6-thousand Buddhist scriptures.

Because the epicenter of the 6.9-magnitude quake in Yushu was less than fifty kilometers away from the Mani Wall, parts of the main structure were severely damaged. Several stone plates supporting the Wall were broken to pieces.

Li Hong, director of Cultural Relics Bureau, Shiqu County, said, "The Wall used to be a flat whole. But after the Yushu earthquake, it has an incline that may eventually fall. Especially here, we can tell from the measurement."

Architects and experts of all levels across the prefecture have scrutinized the site, determining the feasibility of the preservation project.

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