Huashan Mountain Frescos
It is mainly distributed in Ninming, Longzhou, Chongzuo and such areas in the Guixi Zuo River valley. Now it keeps about 60 places of cliff frescoes including 3000 figures extending several miles, of which Ninming Huashan Frescoes is the largest one. They are all called Huashan Frescoes or Huashan Fresco Gallery. Huashan stands loftily and firmly with luxuriant trees and inclined cliff which is like a giant rock mansion. You can vaguely see the figures when your boat is about one hundred meters to the cliff. When you land and ascend from the ladder, you will see the large-sized frescoes clearly. The lowest part of the frescoes is 15 meters above the river and its highest part is about 110meters. It is 150 meters across left and right. There are 1.800 red naked portraits and some animal appliances densely and numerously marked on the uneven giant cliff. The majority is portraits whose arms are half-raised and legs are semi-crouched. The largest one is about 3 meters and the smallest one is 30 centimeters. The general size is about one meter. Most frescoes are a group of small-sized figures surrounding the large-sized one dancing or praying. Parts of them wear swords round their waists; some ride animal which looks like neither a horse nor a dog. The figures are surrounded by the monolayer, or the double-decked circle or the rice glyph circle; some circles resemble the sun or the moon. They are mysterious. The important historical value and tremendous artistic value have attracted the attention of the state. Since the founding of our People’s Republic, it has always attracted many learned organizations to explore and study here. It is tentatively reported that Huashan Frescoes were formed from ancient times to Middle Ages, or between Warring State period and the Eastern Han Dynasty, or in the Tang Dynasty or in Song Dynasty. And the accurate forming time is still a Chinese puzzle. The Contents of frescoes are language signs or celebration on happy events or the prayer for fighting against floods, or war pageants, or religion fates. Each scholar sticks to his argument and they could not settle the problem. Therefore, it is still an open question now. The Frescoes themselves is a rare art-treasure in the world with big artistic charm and tremendous archeological value, let alone its content. Huashan Frescoes, being one of Chinese national treasures, is the key national preservation of cultural relics. Those who have been to Huashan are not only lavish with their praise for its spectacular scenery but also full of wonders at the picturesque scenery, for example, how can they paint on the steep cliffs? Its magical charm and Chinese puzzle have attracted many tourists from America, Japan, England, Germany, French, and Hong Kong-Macao and so on.
Huashan mountain frescos