In central Afghanistan’s Bamyan Valley, where stands the famous Buddhas of Bamyan, Mohammad Ali Hasanyar teaches local kids how to preserve the world’s invaluable civilization, Global Times reported.
Bamyan Province is famous for its many cultural heritages, particularly the two widely-known giant Buddhas.
In 2003, the cultural landscape and archaeological remains of Bamyan Valley were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
However, due to years of war and economic hardships, locals, many of whom even moved into caves, know little about the nearby site.
Hasanyar, in his 30s, is a local archaeologist. His courses are founded and guided by a group of young scholars from China’s Peking University, Lanzhou University, Wenzhou University, the Central Academy of Fine Arts and the Hong Kong-based non-profit Friends of Dunhuang.
According to Shao Xuecheng, a member of the Friends of Dunhuang, kids from impoverished families were invited to attend the training activities on relevant knowledge while distributing bread.
Hasanyar said the Chinese-funded courses are a good way to build public awareness about cultural heritage protection.
In May 2021, China and Iran signed a statement to jointly carry out conservation of cultural heritage. The statement said that the two sides both encourage cooperation in restoring ancient ruins, carrying out underwater archaeology and surveying cultural resources. Chinese archaeologists at Nanjing University and Iranian counterparts formed a joint archaeological team to excavate the Tepe Naderi, an Iranian national heritage site located along the ancient Silk Road, in March 2016.
The global reputation of Chinese ancient building restoration teams began to grow after teams worked on several projects in Angkor, Cambodia nearly three decades ago.
China has carried out 28 joint archaeological projects in over 10 Asian countries. These projects have further summarized the historical context, splendid achievements and contributions Chinese civilization and Asian civilization in general, have made to world civilization and provided strong support for further revealing the origins and development of Asian civilization.