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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. Using our world travel planner, Tianshui attractions like Maiji Shan Caves can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • It was originally planned as a side trip from our Xian visit. It was well worth time time and effort to get there. There is a shuttle that takes you part of the way. Then you walk up this fairly steep...  more »
  • Maijishan Grotto (麦积山石窟) in Tianshui, Gansu Province, northwest China, is one of the top four ancient grottos in China. Visitors will have the opportunities to appreciate a series of 194 caves cut in ...  more »
  • You can easily reach from Tianshui. The complex is fantastic, just wish for storage conditions of some caves also many are protected by thick metal grills that do not allow to enjoy them to the fullest. Recommended step, even for the total absence of foreign tourists.
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