An­cient rock carv­ings give way as flood­ing hits park

China Daily (Canada) - - TOP NEWS - By CHI­NADAILY

About 1,500 rock carv­ings at He­lan Moun­tain in the Ningxia Hui au­ton­o­mous re­gion have washed away since Sun­day in rare flood­ing caused by heavy rain­fall in the re­gion.

Losses at the He­lan Moun­tain Rock Paint­ings Con­ser­va­tion Park were es­ti­mated to be 50 mil­lion yuan ($7.5 mil­lion), Yinchuan Evening News re­ported.

The park’s staff mem­bers are spar­ing no ef­forts in search­ing for the rocks in nearby wa­ter, the re­port said.

With pic­tures etched on rock faces, the carv­ings de­pict hu­man faces, an­i­mals and hunt­ing scenes of no­madic peo­ple from such eth­nic groups as the Xian­bei, Qiang, Rouran, Tu­jue, Tubo, Dangx­i­ang and Mon­go­lians. The most an­cient ones are es­ti­mated to be be­tween 3,000 and 10,000 years old.

About 6,000 pieces of the rock art have been dis­cov­ered on the cliffs at the pass of He­lan Moun­tain, and most of them re­mained well-pre­served un­til flood­ing on Tues­day caused some of the rocks to col­lapse.

Pre­cip­i­ta­tion on Tues­day in the Baisikou trench of He­lan Moun­tain reached 200 mil­lime­ters over seven hours, set­ting a record for the area.

By the end ofMon­day, about 5,000 peo­ple liv­ing in the He­lan Moun­tain area had been re­lo­cated, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal media.

He­lan Moun­tain, in He­lan county of Yinchuan, the cap­i­tal of Ningxia, has the largest num­ber of rock carv­ings in China.

The pass of He­lan Moun­tain, cov­er­ing an area of 10 square kilo­me­ters, is home to the rock carv­ing themed park, which is open to tourists and re­searchers.

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