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Baisha Murals

Baisha Murals

Baisha Murals, which are kept in Baisha Ancient town situated 10 kilometers off Lijiang, is an important part of the world cultural heritage in Lijiang and Dongba culture. In Ming Dynasty, the chieftain Mu ruled the town with unparalleled prosperity and built a series of special architectures like Liuli Temple, Big Baoji Palace, etc. to show his power. Baisha Murals, the most precious cultural relics and national relic protection unit in China, are located in these temples above. Now Baisha Murals, also known as Lijing Frescos have become precious data for the study of China's history of arts and religions.

Baisha Murals are the most remarkable icons of the artistic heritage of the Naxi people. A set of Ming Dynasty paintings decorate the walls of the main temples of Baisha village and most of them are about religious stories of Taoism, Buddhism, and Tibetan Buddhism. The murals embody the artistic characteristics of the Naxi, Tibetan, Han and Bai ethnic groups. Nowadays there are still 53 frescos preserved there, covering a total area of 171 square meters. The oldest frescos were painted in 1385 and the largest is nearly 20 square meters in area and depicts 167 figures.

Tips: The pigment of the frescos is made from mineral, so please don't touch or take pictures of them