1 of Our Favorite Places in China: Ancient Maiji Caves and Buddhist Sculptures Carved into Mountain

    Must see place in China! The Maiji Grottoes in Maiji Mountain, China. (ecns.cn)You can climb to the top to see the thousands of sculptures started in ancient times at the Maiji Grottoes in Maiji Mountain, China. (ecns.cn)Maiji Grottoes in Maiji Mountain, China. (ecns.cn)Maiji Grottoes in Maiji Mountain, China. (ecns.cn)Maiji Grottoes in Maiji Mountain, China. (ecns.cn)Maiji Grottoes in Maiji Mountain, China. (ecns.cn)Maiji Grottoes in Maiji Mountain, China. (ecns.cn)

    These amazing sculptures of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, some being quite massive, are carved right into the Maiji Mountains. You can visit the mountain and climb the zig-zag pathways up the side of the clay cliff face to see the grottoes and statues that were started almost 2,250 years ago.

    These caves were included on the World Heritage Site List on June 22, 2014. Head to Tianshui City in southwest China’s Gansu Province to find the Maiji Mountains.

    “Inside the caves are clay statues, whose heights vary from 20 centimeters (about 8 inches) to 15 meters (over 49 feet). Besides 194 Buddhist caves and niches, containing more than 7, 200 clay statues, there are also murals of over 1,300 square meters (about 1,555 square yards) in the Maiji Caves as well. These statues are works of art that reflect ancient craftsmanship and dedication to the Buddhist ideal,” explains Travel China Guide.com.

    “Work on the Maiji caves began in the late Qin Dynasty (221 BC – 206 BC), progressing through to the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911),” according to the travel website.

    The other top three caves sites in China worth seeing are the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, Gansu Province, the Yungang Caves in Datong, Shanxi Province, and the Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang, Henan Province. The worlds largest stone Buddha is in China too!

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