Trip Planner:   Asia  /  China  /  Gansu  /  Tianshui  /  Maiji Shan Caves

Maiji Shan Caves, Tianshui

4.8
#1 of 11 in Things to do in Tianshui
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. Using our world travel planner, Tianshui attractions like Maiji Shan Caves can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Create an itinerary including Maiji Shan Caves
map
Maiji Shan Caves Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
104 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • 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...  more »
  • This is the grottoes were added to the world heritage sites as the silk road-related. China three grottoes, Mogao Caves so think that seeing is not. Bus No 34 from Tin Shui Station (5 original) in the Middle tourist stop-off is available within easy reach, so it. Good ride motorized carts go near the cave entrance is from 15 original, not attractions on the road.
    View original
  • 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 wa...  more »

Plan your trip to Tianshui

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Tianshui

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Gansu by other users

25 days in China BY A USER FROM SENEGAL February, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 60 days in China BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Gansu BY A USER FROM CHINA July, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 28 days in China BY A USER FROM SOUTH KOREA February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 23 days in China BY A USER FROM ITALY August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in China BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 29 days in China BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL March, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Xi'an & Zhangye BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA May, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in China BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 37 days in China BY A USER FROM HONG KONG January, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Asia BY A USER FROM RUSSIA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in China BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans