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Early Guge Kingdom relics found on Sino-India border
11/02/2010 10:35 (GMT+7)
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    Picture shows the ruins of the Guge Kingdom in Tsada County, Ngari Prefecture, west Tibet, photo from Xinhua.

    Accroding to China Tibet Information Center report, Chinese archaeologists have found Buddhist relics belonging to the early Guge Kingdom of the 11th century in the Cazi Valley on the Chinese side along the Sino-India border.

    "The Cazi Valley is located in the Bolin Village, Tsada County, Ngari Prefecture, western Tibet," said the archaeologists.

    The Guge Kingdom dominated the western areas of Tibet from the mid-10th century to the 17th century and was once "the Crossroad of Civilizations" linking China, South and Central Asia.

    The discovery is important for differentiating different Buddhist art styles of the Guge Kingdom and also offers an important evidence to the early history of restoration of Buddhism (from late 10th century to 11th century) in western Tibet.

    The relics are not only closely connected with the culture of Tibet's central areas, but also resemble the Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in India-controlled Kashmir. They demonstrate that the Tibetan Buddhist art is the main cultural influence on the Sino-India border.

    Besides, from the relics, archaeologists have found traces lefe by artists from India, Nepal and Central Asia.

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