In the summer of 1948, American Irene Vincent, who was already the mother of two children, made a decision. She wanted to leave Beijing’s residence temporarily, say goodbye to two lovely children and her husband, and set foot on her heart. The place that she longs for, the place she is heading to, is one of the greatest caves in the world.
It has the reputation of “Oriental Louvre”, with splendid civilization, voluminous art and religious treasures. It has preserved a lot of glory and civilization, as well as countless religious treasures and murals for thousands of years. Here is the "paradise" in her heart - here is Dunhuang.
However, it was not easy to come to Dunhuang in that era. Irene first flew from Beijing to Lanzhou, and took an open-top truck to Lanzhou in the west. Then I changed to a carriage and continued to work hard.
Because Dunhuang is located in the desert, the traffic is extremely inconvenient. Irene’s last twenty kilometers arrived on a camel. When the temple appeared in front of her eyes, Irene couldn’t restrain her emotions and burst into tears.
When she finally entered Mogao Grottoes, she stared at the murals and statues of these millenniums, she was shocked.
She stayed here for ten days, conducted a detailed investigation of Dunhuang, and took hundreds of precious photos.
Irene witnessed and recorded the Dunhuang, not as delicate and clear as the current shooting, but presented an old faded taste. She often stops for hours in front of a cave and a wall.
Two magnificent masterpieces, "The Sacred Oasis, Dunhuang Thousand Buddha Caves" and "Dunhuang Buddhist Cave Murals" caused a sensation in the United States.
As Irene wrote in her book: "Everyone has a deep heart, there must be a place where you must walk all your life."