The Journey of Discovery has finally arrived in Dunhuang, China and the Millionth Discovery expedition met up with China Exploration and Research Society (CERS), one of Land Rover's six Global Humanitarian and Conservation Partners.
Lead by CERS, the expedition crew pulled up near the common boundary of Gansu, Qinghai and Xinjiang, the historical city Dunhuang containing the world-famous the Mogao Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Together, they explored the Mogao Caves - a shrine of Buddhist art treasures, approximately 15 miles from downtown Dunhuang on the eastern slope of Mingsha Shan. Known as the 'Caves of a Thousand Buddhas', the statues are stacked five stories high, some reaching up to 50 metres in approximately 735 caves.
Mark Cameron, Land Rover Global Brand Experience Director told LRO, 'We are delighted that CERS is able to join the One Millionth Discovery expedition here in Dunhuang, which started 41 days ago in Birmingham.'
Founder of CERS, and renowned explorer, Wong How Man said, 'Dunhuang has been one of our centres since 1994, with the CERS team visiting twice in the last couple of years. This encompassed projects in the Qilian Mountains and the Wild Yak 150km to its north, as well as the Arjin Mountain Nature Reserve in Xinjiang. We also have multiple projects in nearby Xinjiang including the Asiatic Beaver research and the Tibetan Antelope project, to both the north and south respectively, of the One Millionth Expedition route.'
The One Millionth Discovery expedition team members also brought a piece of Birmingham with them; it presented Wong How Man, a scaled reproduction of the CERS Discovery artwork created by PopBangColour's Ian Cook from the 'Land Rover In Action Exhibition' event at the Royal Geographical Society last year.
Land Rover recently celebrated eight years of partnership with China's 'greatest living explorer' and fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), Wong How Man. He has expanded his exploration work to conservation of some of China's most endangered natural and cultural heritage. Wong famously led CERS expeditions that pinpointed the sources of the Yangtze (2005), the Mekong (2007) and the Yellow River (2008).