Thousand Buddha Cliff outside of Nanjing, Jiangsu Province. This sacred place dates back to the fifth century, although many additions have been made over the centuries. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN.
The Mogao Caves, dug in sandstone cliffs outside Dunhuang from 366 CE to the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368), contain more than two thousand statues and more than 45,000 square meters of murals. Texts discovered in 1900 provide a rare source for