Yulin [monastery?], (near) Guazhou, Gansu, CN

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"YULIN CAVES, also called WANFOXIA (The Gorge of Ten Thousand Buddhas), are located in a gorge 75 kilometers south to Anxi city. The earliest cave was built in this site probably during the Northern Wei Dynasty (439-534 AD). The 42 surviving caves, constructed on the two sharp cliffs facing each other, cover a period of more than 1500 years from the Northern Wei to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911 AD). Particularly worth noting is Cave 25, built during the Tibetan occupation (781-847 AD), which contains unique "Tibetan style" paintings and other interesting motifs. Caves 2 and 3 of the Western Xia period (1036-1226 AD) are invaluable for our understanding of the art and culture of the Tangut Western Xia Kingdom and its relationship with the Chinese Song Dynasty." Ning Qiang (1997-2000).

"We will visit Yulin Caves in Guazhou on the way to Dunhuang." - http://www.silkroadcamel.com/tour/SilkRoad/39.html

"Yulin Grottoes - with the Mogao Caves in the content, art styles, art form of the same strain, the same cave for the pampered sister. In certain of the domestic and international. Cave, 25, 3 caves, 29 caves called its representative.

"Western Pure Land" and "View of Amitayus a Buddhist" paradise depicted world of pavilions, superb reproduction of the Tang Dynasty art skills. The joy of peace and prosperity of the scene Tang, illusion and emptiness of the Buddha in the illusory world. Two large murals that copying products, as a representative of the Dunhuang murals are on display in the Great Hall of the Office of Gansu.
Five Dynasties, Song, Xia, Yuan variety of subject matter content is also very rich, cultivated by, marriage, drinking, chess, wine, metal fabrication , music, dance and other images reflect the real life of real time scenes. Cave of the Western Xia of 29 paintings, "Xuan Zang learn map", is the high historical, artistic value of the rare treasures. Yulin Grottoes has been rare cultural relics unearthed carved ivory Buddha."

Input by: tmciolek, Dec 30, 2010

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 28 Jul 2014

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200 m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Yulin monastery, CN.

General location of the Yulin monastery, CN.
Lat 40.05876 Long 95.93682
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2010.

Google Map link:


Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Yulin [monastery?] - Ning Qiang (1997-2000).

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China:Gansu Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 40.05876 Long 95.93682 - based on the visual identification of the site in maps, maps.google.com - tmciolek, 30 Dec 2010.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

  • [missing data]

6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

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10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

  • "The earliest cave was built in this site probably during the Northern Wei Dynasty (439-534 AD)." - Ning Qiang (1997-2000).

MBM chrono-tag 0433-66p 0467-99p 0500-32p 0533-66p - tmciolek 28 Jul 2014
0433-66p 0467-99p 0500-32p 0533-66p 0567-99c 0600-32c 0633-66c 0667-99c 0700-32c 0733-66c 0767-99c 0800-32c 0833-66c 0867-99c 0900-32c 0933-66c 0967-99c 1000-32c 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

  • Cave 25 was built during the Tibetan occupation (781-847 AD) - Ning Qiang (1997-2000).
  • Caves 2 and 3 date from the Western Xia period (1036-1226 AD) - Ning (1997-2000).

13. Date-late

  • Qing Dynasty (1644-1911 AD) - Ning Qiang (1997-2000).

MBM chrono-tag 1200=>  - tmciolek 28 Jul 2014

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

  • [missing data]

15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • archaeological, stylistical

16. Additional notes

  • The 42 surviving caves, constructed on the two sharp cliffs facing each other - Ning Qiang (1997-2000).

17. Corrections & addenda to this page were kindly provided by

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