Following a transition under the Sui Dynasty , Buddhist sculpture of the Tang evolved towards a markedly lifelike expression. Because of the dynasty's openness to foreign influences, and renewed exchanges with Indian culture due to the numerous travels of Chinese Buddhist monks to India, Tang dynasty Buddhist sculpture assumed a rather classical form, inspired by the Indian art of the Gupta period. During that time, the Tang capital of Chang'an today's Xi'an became an important center for Buddhism. However, foreign influences came to be negatively perceived in China towards the end of the Tang dynasty.
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Pagodas and kyaungs in present-day Bagan , the capital of the Pagan Kingdom. Pagan gradually grew to absorb its surrounding states until the s—s when Anawrahta founded the Pagan Kingdom , the first ever unification of the Irrawaddy valley and its periphery. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the Pagan Empire and the Khmer Empire were two main powers in mainland Southeast Asia. Pagan's rulers and wealthy built over 10, Buddhist temples in the Pagan capital zone alone. Repeated Mongol invasions — toppled the four-century-old kingdom in Pagan's collapse was followed by years of political fragmentation that lasted well into the 16th century.
She then proceeds to give me two blatantly loud kisses, one on each cheek, with her arms in a full embrace around my shoulders. I return the gesture politely. Oddly enough, the girl is standing so close I can smell her perfume, floral and sweet. After the greeting is over, she steps back and we resume talking about whatever it was we were originally saying.