7.5 x 10.5", 274 pp., 60 b/w and 83 color plates, text in Chinese, boards, Beijing, 2003. Item #28997
The famous cliff inscriptions located at Qutang Gorge on the Yangtze River include a number of calligraphy masterpieces in various styles dating from the Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279) to modern times. Because these important inscriptions would be submerged due to the Three Gorges Dam, conservators cut out and relocated the inscriptions beginning in 2001.
Published after the completion of the relocation project in 2002, this book represents a full report of the project, including a discussion of issues relating to the historical and cultural context of the cliff inscriptions, the environment, geology, planning and design, engineering, and technical details. This report can serve as a useful reference for the engineering, planning, design and execution of similar conservation projects in the future. Text is in Chinese, with illustrations throughout, 20 technical diagrams, 60 black-and-white plates, 83 color plates, and an abstract in English.