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Maiji Shan Caves, Tianshui
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Explore Maiji Shan Caves, a World Heritage Site carved high into the sheer cliffs of Meiji Mountain. Construction began in the late Qin dynasty (221-206 BCE), and over the years the caves have evolved along with the prevailing religious paradigms, with most work being achieved by a Buddhist community during the early fifth century. Characterized by its lofty stairways fixed into the side of the dramatic cliff, you'll be afforded spectacular views from the walkways, and have the chance to observe historic and exquisitely carved shrines and decorations. Bear in mind that there are many stairs to navigate here, and you should bring plenty of water and a hat. Those nervous with heights may want to think carefully about visiting the caves. Plan your Maiji Shan Caves visit and explore what else you can see and do in Tianshui using our Tianshui travel itinerary planner.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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 fa...  more »
  • 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...  more »