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Maiji Shan Caves

Maijishan Mountain Scenic Resort, Maiji District, Tianshui 741000, China
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The best buddhist grottoes in China

I saw most of the grottoes along the silk road in China - but this was the most dramatic and... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2017
Archaeobuff
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Sydney, Australia
Amazing place, must be seen

Maiji Shan caves have been excavated on a big rock, 150 meters high, standing on a wooded and... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2017
Paolo P
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Florence, Italy
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Maijishan Mountain Scenic Resort, Maiji District, Tianshui 741000, China
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Reviewed 8 October 2017

I saw most of the grottoes along the silk road in China - but this was the most dramatic and spectacular. Bingling was second, Magao third. Bezeklik - sad. Maiji Shan is a set of incredible sculptures carved into a red cliff on the Silk...More

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Reviewed 20 August 2017

Maiji Shan caves have been excavated on a big rock, 150 meters high, standing on a wooded and mountainous area. Hundreds of caves, hosting one or more statues each, have been worked on the vertical walls of that big rock, with some hanging passages to...More

1  Thank Paolo P
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Reviewed 5 June 2017

Maijishan is an absolutely amazing place, with magnificent stone carvings, beautiful frescos. The surroundings are also just beautiful. It is a pity though (but probably necessary) that many of the caves have metal screens for protection. You see through, but some details are lost. The...More

Thank Edith B
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Reviewed 25 April 2017

Hey... I AM afraid of heights and it took me a while to gather up the courage to descend the many steps of the shrine. Going UP was not too hard: Just one step ahead of the other. But going down was much more tough!...More

2  Thank AikenBill
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

While on a fellowship we visited the Maijishan Grottoes, these are incredible, it is very high, there is one way system and there are only a few exits for those not keen on heights, I ended up using one of these exits as my fear...More

Thank BenChar_Wilson
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Reviewed 17 February 2017

MaiJiShan Grottoes is one of the most famous Buddhist heritage in China, Many visitors are impressed by this site. But the way to get into MaiJiShan is usually time-consuming, It is located to West of Xi'an, and to the East of LanZhou. But from early...More

5  Thank Liu Y
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Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

We visited Maiji Shan Caves with a day trip out of Lanzhou heading east toward Xian. About a three and a half hour drive. Athough you can decide to stay in one of the many small inns locally. Found quite impressive array of Bhuddist statues...More

Thank Sebastfailla
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Reviewed 5 November 2016

It was snowing when we reached Maijishan in late Oct 2016. The snow view was awesome. The buddha and all the stairways on the caves are spectacular! What was a shame is most of the buddha figures were locked up and without a guide to...More

Thank Eve420
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Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

The Maiji Shan Caves are a definite highlight of China. Admission was 90 yuan (at the time of visit) and an additional 15 yuan for a courtesy bus to the sites entrance - highly recommend as it is a fair distance, all uphill with nothing...More

Thank Kae_Australia
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Reviewed 7 October 2016

My God what a hidden treasure off the beaten track of China. We arrived into Tianshui by slow sleeper train from Xian. Quite a large city considering its remote and in the middle of nowhere. There was hardly any pollution here compared to Henan Province....More

1  Thank JosePablin
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