Inspired by the best-selling coloring book "Secret Garden" by Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford, the cultural preservationists at Longmen Grottoes hope tourists can learn about the Chinese World Heritage Site while indulging their artistic side.
The 1,500-year-old attraction has more than 2,300 grottoes with 110,000 Buddhist figures and images, over 80 dagobas and 2,800 inscribed tablets on cliffs along a one-kilometer stretch of the Yishui River.
The restoration of the world heritage site will take two years to complete and will cost approximately 50 million yuan, said Zhang Zhuo, head of Yungang Grottoes Research Institute.
Zhuo added that the grottoes are facing serious threat of erosion as most of the original protective eaves have been damaged with time.
It is one of 22 pagan tombs in the grottoes
under the basilica.
Liverpool has played host to some of the most marvellous grottoes in the north west over the years from Blacklers, to Lewis's, to TJ's and, more recently, of Clayton Square.
When Blacklers closed, Peter set up his own Attic Studio company in London Road and has since created grottoes for stores and shopping centres far and wide - including at T.
And some shopping centres have installed spy cameras in grottoes
to protect Father Christmas from allegations of abuse.
Garden-making' accompanied the building boom in country houses in the first few decades of the seventeenth century, and a fair number of patrons commissioned designers to create renaissance-style gardens that included grottoes