Technology is vital to cultural heritage, according to the deputy

Just prior to the second session of the 14th National People’s Congress, on Tuesday, heritage experts emphasized the importance of technology in safeguarding cultural treasures during the first deputies’ passage interview of the year. Hang Kan, a deputy to the 14th National People’s Congress and the director of the Yungang Grottoes Research Institute, stated that although the Yungang Grottoes in Datong, Shanxi province, have made strides toward protection, they still require greater technological support for protection.


Hang states that the Yungang Grottoes, which date back to the Northern Wei Dynasty (386–534), incurred significant expenses in terms of labor, materials, and money. A decades-long consolidation project on the hazardous rock bodies came to an end recently. However, Hang stated that the grottoes are vulnerable to weathering and water leaks because they were carved in a Jurassic sandstone formation with complex geological circumstances, which could jeopardize the protective efforts. He stated that two technological techniques used to preserve the grottoes have won awards at national scientific conferences. In the future, they plan to increase technological investment in the study of cave deterioration and the creation of protective materials.


“Yungang Grottoes are a treasure of traditional Chinese culture,” Hang remarked. “We will prioritize their preservation and increase the number of technological safeguards in place. We’ll keep pushing for grotto study, utilization, and exhibition. We’ll also work hard to preserve cultural heritage so that more people can enjoy the allure of traditional culture.”


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