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This is a nice place, lots of walking and climbing through narrow passage to the upper temple.
Many statues were destroyed. The reinstated ones are of poor workmanship.
The hill beside is worth a climb.
Because we had only one complete day to visit the surroundings of Zhangye, we combined the Danxia Geopark in the morning with a visit to the Mati si temple in the late afternoon. Some details of our time planning.
1. At 8.30 a.m. my wife...More
I visited here as part of a 32-day solo holiday with China Private Tours.
The Mati Temple is a 90-minute or so scenic drive out of Zhangye. Tourists have been flocking to Zhangye with the growing popularity of the Danxia Rainbow Hills and I was...More
Mati, literally translate to Horse’s Hoof. Si means temple. So Matisi is also called Horse’s Hoof Temple. It is stunning to look at because the caves were cut into the face of a cliff. The facades of several temples jut out on the surface of...More
You approach this wonderful place walking through a raising path, Behind a curve, you can admire the temples hanging from the rocky wall and partially excavated inside, appearing a miraculous view.
The visit of the different rooms of the temple can be done passing through...More
Mati Temple is about 60km out of Zhangye. I took a private taxi (200 RMB there and back) although you can take public transport if you have time (see other reviews). The views of the surrounding landscape are spectacular. I visited in June and the...More
I rented a car with some Chinese friends, it's about 60-90 mins out of the way. but its worth it. The temple itself, as you walk up to it is quite impressive. To see this structure carved into the mountain is pretty impressive. as previously...More
The Mati Temple complex is set against beautiful scenery with rolling hills which were coloured with Autumn leaves at the time of our visit and the encircling mountains were capped with snow. The Grottoes themselves however were quite underwhelming. The original carvings are poorly preserved...More
This temple complex is carved into the side of the mountain. If you don't like cramped tight spaces, maybe just look from outside. We got stuck a few times waiting for crowds to pass as there is only room for one person at a time....More