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Maiji Shan Caves, Tianshui

Categories: Historic Sites, Sacred & Religious Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.8/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web
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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  • 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...  read more »
  •  麦积山,因山形酷似西北地区农家麦垛而得名,两晋到明清形成了一条清晰的文化链,佛、道、儒宗教文化和谐共处,艺术特点鲜明,石窟文化尤为绚丽夺目。   石窟始建于十六国时期的后秦,后经唐、宋、元、明、清各代不断开凿扩建,成为中国著名的四大石窟之一。石窟开凿在高80米、宽200米的丹霞孤峰峭壁之上。凝聚着工匠们的辛苦和智慧。顺着楼梯你可以在峭壁上观光,拍照保留。虽然有一些被铁网罩着,那也比莫高窟强百倍。 
  • Only 1h away from Tianshui railway station by bus n34 (5 yuan), it's located in a very pleasant park. The color of the autumn leaves will add extra beauty to the natural setting. The bus will leave yo...  read more »
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