Longmen Grottoes, China
© UNESCO 2003
National implementing agency: National Administration for Cultural Heritage
Project duration: October 2001 - July 2004
Total project budget: US $ 623,798 (PHASE I)
"The Longmen Grottoes are located south of Luoyang city in Henan Province, placed tightly together on the steep cliffs on both sides of the Yi River. They contain the largest and most impressive collection of stone carvings in China, dating back more than 1,500 years. The grottoes are state-protected cultural relics, and they have been a World Heritage site since 2000.
Although most of the grottoes are intact, nature and human activity still threatens their integrity. Cracks in the foundations have made them unstable, causing some grottoes to collapse. To prevent further damage, UNESCO organized a mission of Chinese and Japanese experts to select niches for pilot examina-tions. Through mapping, surveys and monitoring, it is hoped that more effective preservation plans for the grottoes will be developed.
The first phase of the project started in October 2001. In 2002, the geographical mapping, photography and hydro-geological surveys of the site were completed, with the environmental mon-itoring being still underway."
(Extract from "Preservation of Tangible Cultural Heritage through the UNESCO/Japanese Funds-in-Trust" p.14)
The Longmen Grottoes are inscribed on the World Heritage List.
Copyright : 2013 Permanent Delegation of Japan to UNESCO