Elephant Mountain

Elephant Mountain, Tianshui: Address, Phone Number, Elephant Mountain Reviews: 4.5/5

Elephant Mountain
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Underrated place but truly beautiful.
May 2019
I really warmly recommend tripadvisors 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 the city of Gangu 甘谷. This city is famous because you can climb the so called Elephant Mountain. On the top there is a huge statue of Shakyamuni famous for its blue moustaches. I have personally been there at the beginning of May and unfortunately I couldn’t see the statue because the last part of the trail was closed due to works in progress, which was very disappointing. However I do believe it will be open to visitors soon. If you have the chance you can spend half day in Gangu and visit this fascinating place. There is also a temple along the ascent which is worth visiting. The entrance ticket is just 30 yuan. At the foot of the mountain there is a beautiful park where you can stroll around. From there you can see the statue of Shakiamuni at the top of the mountain. If you are a Westerner bear in mind that it is nearly impossible to come across other foreigners as this place is not a popular tourist destination. Therefore all the locals will stare at you with surprise and will ask you to take pictures together. I used to make fun of them by saying: “Ok. I will charge you 10 RMB for each picture”. Of course after saying that I also pointed out I was kidding. So be prepared to be approached by some locals for some pics. However, although it is not a popular tourist destination, if you plan to visit Maijishan, you could also include this place. Reaching Gangu from Tianshui is easy. There are frequent buses from Tianshui bus station. The trip lasts around 80 minutes and costs 20 RMB. If you are in the mood of travelling and exploring other new places, from Gangu you can take a bus to the nearby city of Luomen (30 RMB). Once you are there you can take a taxi to get to Lashao Temple and the Thousand-Buddha cave. The trip is short in length and costs around 40 RMB. This is another very beautiful place that reminds a bit of Maijishan as there are images of Buddha carved on the side of a mountain. In one day you can visit both the Elephant Mountain in Gangu and the Lashao Temple / Thousand Buddha Cave. This is what I did and I truly enjoyed it. From Luomen you can catch a bus back to Tianshui if you have your hotel in Tianshui of course. One more suggestion…if you cannot speak Chinese take some pictures of the places you intend to visit and show them at the reception desk of your hotel or to locals just to help them understand what you want to visit and where you want to go. Other good suggestion is to get the Chinese names of the places you want to visit. From my experience many Chinese cannot understand Pinying so you should get the names in Chinese characters just to avoid possible misunderstandings. Ask for help at your hotel and enjoy your trips.

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Gorgan
Florence, Italy110 contributions
Underrated place but truly beautiful.
May 2019 • Solo
I really warmly recommend tripadvisors 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 the city of Gangu 甘谷. This city is famous because you can climb the so called Elephant Mountain. On the top there is a huge statue of Shakyamuni famous for its blue moustaches. I have personally been there at the beginning of May and unfortunately I couldn’t see the statue because the last part of the trail was closed due to works in progress, which was very disappointing. However I do believe it will be open to visitors soon. If you have the chance you can spend half day in Gangu and visit this fascinating place. There is also a temple along the ascent which is worth visiting. The entrance ticket is just 30 yuan.
At the foot of the mountain there is a beautiful park where you can stroll around. From there you can see the statue of Shakiamuni at the top of the mountain. If you are a Westerner bear in mind that it is nearly impossible to come across other foreigners as this place is not a popular tourist destination. Therefore all the locals will stare at you with surprise and will ask you to take pictures together. I used to make fun of them by saying: “Ok. I will charge you 10 RMB for each picture”. Of course after saying that I also pointed out I was kidding. So be prepared to be approached by some locals for some pics. However, although it is not a popular tourist destination, if you plan to visit Maijishan, you could also include this place.
Reaching Gangu from Tianshui is easy. There are frequent buses from Tianshui bus station. The trip lasts around 80 minutes and costs 20 RMB.
If you are in the mood of travelling and exploring other new places, from Gangu you can take a bus to the nearby city of Luomen (30 RMB). Once you are there you can take a taxi to get to Lashao Temple and the Thousand-Buddha cave. The trip is short in length and costs around 40 RMB. This is another very beautiful place that reminds a bit of Maijishan as there are images of Buddha carved on the side of a mountain. In one day you can visit both the Elephant Mountain in Gangu and the Lashao Temple / Thousand Buddha Cave. This is what I did and I truly enjoyed it. From Luomen you can catch a bus back to Tianshui if you have your hotel in Tianshui of course. One more suggestion…if you cannot speak Chinese take some pictures of the places you intend to visit and show them at the reception desk of your hotel or to locals just to help them understand what you want to visit and where you want to go. Other good suggestion is to get the Chinese names of the places you want to visit. From my experience many Chinese cannot understand Pinying so you should get the names in Chinese characters just to avoid possible misunderstandings. Ask for help at your hotel and enjoy your trips.
Written May 13, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Stephanie991181
Westbury, Australia213 contributions
Wonderful!
Apr 2018 • Family
It is rather a climb up Elephant Mountain but it's worth it. There are excellent views as you climb and from the top. The temples and grottoes are amazing too. The steps and paths are in good condition too. At the base there is a huge park that is worth a visit too.
Written June 20, 2018
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Kathleenlim
Singapore, Singapore1,815 contributions
Big Buddha with blue moustache!
Oct 2013 • Couples
Tianshui has other attractions besides Maijishan grottoes! 87 km from the Tianshui Railway Station is the Elephant Mountain where one can enjoy the greenery as well as the clay statue of Sakyamuni carved onto the mountain more than 300 years and four dynasties. The blue moustache was added by a merchant who had promised to return if he succeeded in his business. Of unique significance are the hole niches on the cliff, a chancel and the Buddhist niche for the monks to practice Buddhism.
Written December 8, 2013
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