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Maijishan National Park (麦积山国家公园) is in Gansu province.


The 194 cave shrines of this "Gallery of Oriental Sculpture' on a perpendicular mountain cliff southeast of Tianshui, provide shelter for 7200 stone and clay figurines and 1300 m² of murals. The clay figures, crafted to the smallest detail and blending lifelike imagery with spiritual resonance, are paragons of ancient Chinese clay sculpture.



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Get in[edit]

Bus from Beidao district of Tianshui. From Tianshui South station, take bus 5 or 60 (¥7, about an hour, last return at 16:40). From Tianshui station, take bus 34 (¥5, about an hour, slightly longer hours of operation).

Fees and permits[edit]

Admission to the park is ¥90. If you don't want to walk 1.5km to the base of the cliff, you can pay ¥15 extra (return) to ride a shuttle golf cart.

Get around[edit]

You can pay for a shuttle to get you 1.5km closer to the base of the cliff. The grottoes themselves can only be accessed on foot, via a complex network of walkways and stairways.


  • Colossal Buddhas - several colossal Buddhas grace the side of the mountain
  • Gallery views - view from the galleries of the surrounding landscape
  • Botanical gardens - plants brought from near and far









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