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Published on Jul 16, 2012
On June 14th, Gansu's Yulin Grottoes, located 75 kilometers southeast of Anxi city, re-opened its doors to tourist after a destructive rainstorm. During their first day more than 60 foreign and domestic tourists headed to the site to check out the areas sculptures and paintings.
The Yulin Grottoes weather station recorded 92.47 mm of rain between June 4th and 6th, which damaged some of the areas historical sites, and forced the cultural area to temporarily close their doors. Evidence of the flooding can still be seen throughout the area.
Songsuo Zhang told reporters that the Dunhuang Research Institute is taking a look at the flooding issues, and is in charge of reinforcing and maintaining the area. [Interview] (Dunhuang Academy, director of Yulin Grottoes paper tubes Song Zizhen) First, we will focus on flood control. We have already set-up sandbags. We will carry out flood control reinforcement for the areas that are in the most danger. Our second task will be to transfer our staff to a safe zone. We have a protected zone that is specifically designed to protect murals and paintings.