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Old Photo: The Story of an American Woman and Dunhuang

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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.YTYSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

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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.YTYSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

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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.YTYSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

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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.YTYSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

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When she finally entered Mogao Grottoes, she stared at the murals and statues of these millenniums, she was shocked.YTYSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

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She stayed here for ten days, conducted a detailed investigation of Dunhuang, and took hundreds of precious photos.YTYSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

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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.YTYSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

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Two magnificent masterpieces, "The Sacred Oasis, Dunhuang Thousand Buddha Caves" and "Dunhuang Buddhist Cave Murals" caused a sensation in the United States.YTYSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

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As Irene wrote in her book: "Everyone has a deep heart, there must be a place where you must walk all your life."YTYSilk Road Adventure & Private Tours - Silk Road China Tours

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