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.
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.
"I reckon about 30,000 youngsters, plus their aunties, parents and grandparents, used to visit the grottoes each year.
James Lovell, director of the Ministry of Fun Santa School in London, said grottoes
are in long-term decline.
, a quintessentially mannerist phenomenon, were a common feature of classical villas and their surrounds both in antiquity and the renaissance.