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Regardless of your religious persuasion, or lack thereof, a trip to Maijishan is a moving experience. A Buddhist grotto carved into a massive mountain sheer magnitude is inspiring. The remoteness is staggering especially when you think about it in the context of the 7th century...More
This is an amazing place. It was very crowded when we visited (on a national holiday) but the crowds didn't matter - it was fabulous. But I was sceptical I could climb up to the grottoes as they looked so high and the paths so...More
This rocky outcrop has 2 large clusters of buddha figures, a high level section of about 4 large caves and a covered walkway with several large buddha niches, plus innumerable smaller niches. it's about 40 minutes drive from the stations at Tianshui. A shuttlebus is...More
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 hill before seeing the...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 the side of a hill, with over 7,200 Buddhist sculptures and over...More
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 carved into a red cliff on the Silk...More
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 walls of that big rock, with some hanging passages to...More
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 caves have metal screens for protection. You see through, but some details are lost. The...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 much more tough!...More