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Maiji Shan Caves, Tianshui

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Historic Site
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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  • 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 ca...  more »
  • 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 m...  more »
  • 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 o...  more »