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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...More
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...More
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...More
I have been there twice, however, the first time we couldn’t get on the hill because of the heavy rain we got the day before. So it is better to call before coming. Usually they will not allow people to climb the hill after the...More
The road leading to this site was under construction when we visited. Dusty and full of debris, quite an obstacle course. Heard they are preparing a brand new visitors' center for this famous site. So visit now before all the crowds really started coming! Late...More
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