Mati Temple Sunan Yugar Autonomous Prefecture Gobi Desert China

Over 16 centuries of graffiti are etched into a section of the hand carved stone wall of the Buddhist Mat Temple in the Gobi Desert of China. Layers of small symbols, almost obscuring the original temple painting, give the overall impression of a modern abstract work. However, over a thousand years of different culture’s versions of ‘look at me’ cannot detract from the inherent peaceful nature of
the Buddha. This photograph is of the stone wall that forms the second window opening of the second level of the temple.
One has to climb up increasingly steeper stairs to reach the top. (Sunan Yugur Autonomous Prefecture, Gobi Desert, China)