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Tuesday, 8th July 2008
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Crowds flock to see sand sculptures

More than 300,000 spectators are expected to flock to an exhibition of sand sculptures at Tottori Sand Dunes.

The sculptures are all based on World Heritage Sites around Asia, such as the Taj Mahal in India, the Himeji Castle in Japan and the Great Wall of China, reports the Mainichi Daily News.

Eight sculptors from five countries took part in the creation of the magnificent works, the largest of which is the five-meter-high, 14-meter-wide Taj Mahal. Sand renderings of the Buddhist monuments of the Bamiyan Valley in Afghanistan are also featured. The monuments were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001.

After two months, around 100,000 people flocked to see the sculptures. Organisers expect a further 200,000 visitors to attend the exhibition before it draws to a close on January 3rd.

The Tottori Sand Dunes are the only large dune system in Japan and have existed for more than 100,000 years.

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