Mati Temple Scenic Resort

Mati Temple Scenic Resort, Sunan County: Hours, Address, Mati Temple Scenic Resort Reviews: 4.5/5

Mati Temple Scenic Resort
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Parks • Forests
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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JuanMao 卷毛
82 contributions
Annual Festival at Mati Temple
Jul 2021
Visited this spot several times, then heard of the annual festival, and now finally visited. Horse riding and Thangka Display are the main issues of the festival, mainly a local festival, with a wonderful ambiance. The local people are so friendly, and always want to be photographed with a foreign friend :-) I had a great time, and can you recommend the official weChat account [travelandmore].
My favorite moment of the day is the sunrise, and the late afternoon. The calm, the light and the discoloration of the air, so beautiful. On the day sometimes unfortunately too many Chinese tourists groups.
Written August 7, 2021
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JuanMao 卷毛
82 contributions
Mystic Temples and Grottoes
Jul 2020
There is so much to see, and the atmosphere is special; we had arranged a private tour (3hrs) after arrival, to the far south west and west to get a better impression of different scenery and sights; I would advise to stay here overnight; we had a beautiful sunrise, the tranquility the surroundings so beautiful; we had a picnic with us and meet some monks who made sacrifices; even before the official opening we were able to visit some sights. At 8 am it opens and then you can see the caves inside; around noon we visited with the ordered taxi (about 150RMB to Zhangye town), the two sights at the beginning of the park.
Written July 17, 2020
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Zhuhai, China215 contributions
Great Place to visit
Sep 2019
We visited between Mid Autumn festival and National days. Very few people visited. No waiting to climb stairs and hang out in those hanging temples. But maybe it was so quite due to the fog and rain on day of visit. Non the less it is a great site to visit, just be prepared to climb stairs inside the mountain and get through small openings from one temple to the next. There is lighting along the stairs, except we found one tunnel that was not lit.
Along the way within the park there are also the Thousand Buddha hanging temples. One can walk from temple to temple along some stairs located outside on the mountain. During our visit not all were accessible due to restoring the paintings. Also if you walk a little further towards the exit/entrance you can visit the Pagoda forest (I think that is what it was called). They are carvings in stone which look great.
During our visit no restaurants were open for service within the park.
Entrance fee adults RMB 73, senior discount for 60+ RMB 37.
Written September 27, 2019
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London, UK264 contributions
The must-see place in Zhangye!
Jul 2018 • Business
First of all, you’d better to get a car to visit this place. There is no public bus connecting the attraction with Zhangye City. You can take a bus to the village near the temple, but you will get difficulty to come back. Besides, it is also better to have a car in the attraction since it is a huge area.

Usually you can hire a car with chauffeur in one day for two places: Mati Temple and Danxia, the price is about 400RMB, which I think it is quite good.

The steps are inside the cliff and the way is very narrow, so avoid the busy season, other wise you will take centuries to wait inside the mountain! If you plan to visit in Summer, come as early as you can.

This is one of my favourite temples in China. It is unique and beautiful! I must say I got good experience when shopping the survivors there. People are very kind and honest, not like a typical vendor in other attractions.
Written May 8, 2019
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nathan l
Zichron Yaakov, Israel883 contributions
mystic beautiful temples and grottos
Sep 2018 • Friends
the location the scenery and the grottos reflect a lot of mystery and wonder, to which you cannot be indifferent, and it leaves you a lot of memories long after visited
Written December 18, 2018
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Singapore, Singapore203 contributions
Interesting temple
Oct 2018 • Couples
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.
Written October 20, 2018
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Voorschoten, The Netherlands1,568 contributions
Very interesting afternoon trip, good to combine with Danxia Geopark in the morning
May 2018 • Couples
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 and I arranged a taxi along the street near our hotel in Zhangye for 400 yuan. Although the driver didn’t speak any English, he understood what we liked by showing him photos of the two touristic sites. We first went to the Geopark where we stayed from 9.30 until 12.45.
2. From 13.00 – 14.00 we had lunch in one of the restaurants just outside of the park and then we went to Mati si. On the contrary as indicated in the digital version of the Lonely Planet, Mati si is not 65 km north of Zhanye, but 65 km south-west of Zhangye.
3. We arrived at 15.20 and stayed until 17.20. After we bought our tickets at the tourist office near the large gate above the road, we first went to two small white pagoda’s and then continued our way to the Thirty-three Heavens Grottos, the most famous part of Mati si with 7 floors of grottos. Interesting to visit, with almost no other visitors at the time we walked around on the site. Then we walked back to our taxi on the parking lot and returned in the direction of the entrance to visit another part, the so called Qianfo Grottos.
4. Of course you can spent much more time in this nice mountainous area, but in 2 hours we had an impression of this touristic highlight in this region. Especially with this temple, you’ll have to go for the location of the temple and the way it is built in and against a mountain.The scenery is, in our opinion, more interesting than the interior after you have seen tenths of other temples in cities in China.
5. At the end of our daytrip we returned in our hotel in Zhangye at about 18.30.
Written July 9, 2018
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Aleksandra M
58 contributions
Amazing views!
May 2018 • Friends
Amazing views all around! The temple - caves carved into the mountain! definitely worth visiting! not many tourists!
Written June 2, 2018
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Sydney, Australia421 contributions
Beautiful Setting
Oct 2017 • Solo
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 able to see Mati in the morning and the hills in the afternoon quite comfortably. Mati Temple is set in the side of a sheer mountain rock wall, surrounded by snow-peaked mountains, which makes the scene quite beautiful. There is a bit of a walk involved from the village parking but nothing too strenuous. I was lucky to be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who was able to explain all the significance of the temple to the local Tibetan people. The intricately inked coloured flags are particularly fascinating. The gold Buddha inside a cave is an impressive sight. Mati Temple should absolutely be on your to-do list if in Zhangye.
Written December 2, 2017
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NJ206 contributions
Amazing ancient temple hanging in the air
Oct 2017 • Solo
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 the cliff, making them look like they are hanging in the air. I took a taxi from Zhangye which costed 200 Yuan round trip. It took 1.5 hours in the early morning (7:30 am) late October and I arrived at 9 am. when very few tourists were there. In the distance is the Qilian Mountain which was snow covered as the area received snow a week before. The strings of prayer flags remind me of Tibet. In fact, there is a Tibetan village in Mati. Once you get to the base of the cliff, you have to climb up steep stairs to get up to each level. I spent about two hours there. Well worth the trip
Written November 2, 2017
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