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Lanzhou Private Day Tour to Liujia Gorge and Binglingsi Grottoes
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Lanzhou Private Day Tour to Liujia Gorge and Binglingsi Grottoes

Join this private day tour from Lanzhou to visit Liujia Gorge and Binglingsi Grottoes. Enjoy amazing view of the Liujia Gorge, Yellow river and surrounding mountains. Take the boat cruise to discover the UNESCO site of Bingling Temple, stroll around the grottoes with your tour guide, get to know its history ,value and meaning. This private one day tour including English speaking tour guide, entrance fee, boat cruise, local lunch, private car and Lanzhou city hotel pick up an drop off.
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Gary, Australia wrote a review Dec 2020
China72 contributions3 helpful votes
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I visited Maijishan Grottos in December 2020 as I wanted to see the area in snow and avoid the huge summer crowds. I have visited hundreds of places in China (an Australian working in Guangzhou) and this is undoubtedly one of my top 3 favourites. I think ‘grottos’ is a more apt name than caves as the openings in the cliff face are quite small. Maijishan is one of the four famous grottos of China, the others being Mogao, Yungang, and Longmen – all in different provinces. One does not have to be a Buddhist, or even spiritual to appreciate the awesomeness, craftsmanship and cultural value of these grottos. The eagle-eyed will see an evolution of styles spanning the dynasties and centuries. Visiting Maijishan needs preparation and some of the information I found on websites seems now to be incorrect. I flew from Guangzhou to Lanzhou for a week. I took a taxi from my hotel to Lanzhou West Train Station; then caught the high speed train from Lanzhou West Station at 7.05am and arriving at Tianshui South Station at 8.33am (159RMB for 1st class ticket one way). I walked to the far end of the station and descended two escalators to the bus station in the basement. I waited about 40 minutes and caught BUS 60 to the entrance of the Maijishan site. Bus 60 is a tourist shuttle bus costing 7 RMB each way. I think there are only 2 morning buses in winter but more in other seasons. Once arriving at the site, pay 80RMB to enter, then choose to walk to Maiji Mountain (It took me 20 minutes walking briskly uphill along a road) or take a small electric vehicle (there will be a small charge). Walk up a steep set of stone stairs to the second admission gate. Here you just show your ticket and enter OR pay extra for a private tour in which extra grottos will be open for viewing. I chose not to have a private tour as it was a minimum of 600 RMB per grotto and in winter, there are no English-speaking guides. I caught the 2pm shuttle bus back to the station, and then the 4.05pm high speed train to Lanzhou. By 6.30pm I was sipping craft beers near the Zhengning Night Market and editing my photos. I was totally amazed at the technology of the ‘out-of-cliff walkways’ (totally safe I think), the view of the valleys and mountains, and of course the hundreds of Buddha-clad grottos. Most of the grottos are protected by metal gauze; however, I placed my iPhone camera in a gap and took oodles of great photos. I also had a downloaded guide of the grottos and read this beforehand. There are a few larger, gauzeless grottos open all the time, and these had amazing sculptures and murals depicting a thousand years of evolving Buddhist history. I won’t provide any details of the sculptures as I think these need to be discovered. A few tips if travelling privately from Lanzhou: # Best to use the high speed train – forget slow trains and buses as these leave little time to explore the mountain; remember to use the special entry and exit channel by showing your passport and train ticket # have the correct names of the high speed stations in Chinese characters for the taxi drivers etc # book the high speed train tickets in advance – use a Chinese travel agency or a Chinese friend who can book and pay online # bring your passport, and your mobile phone with the latest Health Record for the province (if travelling in 2021) # bring water and snacks, comfortable walking shoes to negotiate the stairs and walkways, and appropriate clothes for the season # don’t whinge if many of the grottos are protected by gauze as cultural heritage is more important than photo addictions; there are c. 200 grottos and 7000 sculptures – you do not need to see them all! # take it slow and easy on the steep stairs and on the overhang walkways; be conscious of people around you in tight spaces # avoid Chinese national holidays at all cost
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Steve B wrote a review Jan 2020
China220 contributions65 helpful votes
First time I went two years ago we were dropped off at the foot of the mountain. The climb killed me. This time we were independent. Despite taking the bus from the entrance we were still left with a mountain to climb before getting to the mountain! Fitness and health are all in this endeavour. Allow at least two hours from drop off at the entrance to getting back to your taxi or whatever.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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MrJonesreviews wrote a review Jun 2019
London, United Kingdom121 contributions40 helpful votes
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Set in a ravishing cypress clad gorge , the caves are actually half way up a protruding rock.. umm not good for those with vertigo (me) or the frail. But there were 3 year olds bouncing along like hill goats... so nothing to stop this old goat and up we went .. amazing. Very very early form of cave art bordering on Indian and gandhara style. Most of they were northern zhou or western wei though touched up in Sui Dynasty. Worth the precarious climb.. though be warned - due to sticky finger proximity reasons view is done through a wide mesh/bars. Squint up !
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Daniele-Donati wrote a review May 2019
Florence, Italy94 contributions84 helpful votes
I warmly recommend tripadvisor's users to spend a couple of days in the city of Tianshui in Gansu province. Tianshui is well connected both with Xian and Lanzhou. By bullet train you can arrive in Tianshui in less than two hours. Just to avoid possible misunderstandings the city in itself has nothing on offer but it is an excellent base to plan some day trips to some nearby places. One of these places is Maijishan. This is one of the most famous mountains in all Gansu province. There are many sculptures of Buddha on the wall. A trail for tourists has been made all around this mountain to give them the chance to visit the grottoes nestled inside the mountain itself. The path is a little bit dangerous especially if the above mentioned trail is packed with tourists as it always happens during national holidays. So please tightly hold the handrail for your safety. If you want to go to Maijishan you can take bus number 60 directly from Tianshui South Railway Station. The trip lasts around one hour depending on traffic jam. The cost of the ride is just 7 yuan.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Christine R wrote a review May 2019
Cairns, Australia28 contributions11 helpful votes
This area appears to be a little off the beaten tourist beat as there wasn't many people there but definitely worth the visit. The stairs are safe but the entire climb is high and you have the option of turning back at any stage of the walk. The Budha's are on the lower level
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Date of experience: March 2019
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