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Grotto treasure fire alarm upgraded


15:57, November 22, 2011

LANZHOU, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- The treasure trove containing Buddhist frescoes and carvings of more than 1,000 years ago sees an upgrade of the fire alarm system.

Yuan Yinglong, a fire marshal of Dunhuang City in northwest China's Gansu Province, said Tuesday that the Dunhuang Academy spent about 20 million yuan (3.14 million U.S. dollars) in installing the automatic alarming and self-distinguishing system in the exhibition center and the Buddhist script depositary at the Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes.

Another 120 underground and indoor fire hydrants have also been built around the caves, which is a World Heritage site accredited by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The academy said the caves and the adjacent exhibition center contain a huge number of frescoes, clay sculptures and rare documents that require high standards of fire protection.

Dunhuang was a prosperous oasis town and a major stop along the historic Silk Road. The frescoes and clay sculptures in the grottoes near the town are some of the best preserved examples of the ancient Buddhist art.

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