Photo exhibition shows Yugur culture

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The National Palace of Ethnic Cultures in Beijing is holding an exhibition of around 50 photographs showing the life and culture of the Yugur people.

The Yugurs are members of an ethnic group and live solely in Gansu province, with the majority in Sunan Yugur autonomous county. 2021 statistics show the ethnic group has a population of around 14,000.

The county is in the Qilian Mountains and has several mountain peaks exceeding 5,000 meters above sea level.

It has diverse landscapes, including virgin forests, pastoral grasslands and the Gobi Desert, with rare animals like Tibetan gazelles and black-necked cranes living in the region. There's also Danxia landforms featuring reddish sandstone, high cliffs and various shapes.

Renowned cultural heritages include the Mati Temple Grottoes dating back 1,600 years, sharing high aesthetic values of grotto art of the Hexi Corridor, the main artery of the ancient Silk Road, with the Mogao and Yulin caves.

The photos on display convey the natural and cultural beauty of the county, as well as the folk customs of the Yugur people.

The exhibition runs through April 3.

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