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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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  • 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 qu...  more »
  • If one is in Tianshui, you must watch the Buddastatuen in the mountain which an absolute masterpiece was what the Chinese have carved there more than 1500 years ago in the stone, however should the statues will be restored as soon as possible so as long preserved for posterity so remain who can look at.
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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 »