This is an interactive exhibit and series of events hosted on Bryant campus over a 10-day period. Visitors will be able to explore the exhibit through a guided tour and enter a reconstructed cave, which will be located in the George E. Bello Center for Information and Technology’s Heidi and Walter Stepan Grand Hall. Throughout the week we will be hosting a series of seminars focusing on arts, culture, history, and religions of these caves and the exchanges that took place along the ancient Silk Road. On September 30, Bryant will celebrate Confucius Institute Day with live music, hands-on activities, a cave virtual reality experience, and more.

The exhibit features cave number 285 of the Mogao Grottoes, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is among the most significant of all the caves, dating back to the Western Wei Dynasty (534-556AD).

This exhibit is made possible by the Dunhuang Academy, the Confucius Institute Headquarters, and the U.S.-China Institute at Bryant University.

Tour hours are 11:15 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. daily. Click "Continue" to see available times.

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Thursday September 28th – Arts in Dunhuang: Cave 285 12:30 - 1:30 PM

Friday September 29th – China’s New Silk Road Initiative 12 - 1 PM

Saturday September 30th – Digitalizing the Dunhuang Arts 11 AM - 12 PM

Confucius Institute Day (9/30/2017) community activities are free and open to the public. 11 AM to 4 PM

Monday October 2nd - Sounds along the Silk Road: Historical and Contemporary Musical Exchange
12 - 1 PM

Tuesday October 3rd - East-West Porcelain Trade and Cultural Exchange along the Ancient Silk Road 12:30 - 1:30 PM

Wednesday October 4th - Environmental Change and its Impact on the Rise and Fall of the Silk Road
12 - 1 PM

Thursday October 5th - Religious Exchanges along the Silk Road 12:30 - 1:30 PM

*For those who register for 11:15 AM or 2:15 PM tours, we invite you to also take part in the Silk Road Speaker Series event of that day.

*The Silk Road Speaker Series is free and open to the public. The replica cave is free for Smithfield residents and Bryant faculty, students and staff. Registration is required.

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