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Maijishan Grottoes is known as one of the “Four Big Grottoes” in China, with Longmen Grottoes, Yungang Grottoes and Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes. These famous Buddhist grottoes are part of the Maijishan Mountain scenic reserve area, located in the south of Tianshui City.
Maijishan, also called Wheatstack Mountain, generally gets its name from its giant and wheatstack-like appearance. And it is famous for its 194 grottoes carved on the precipices, with series of winding walkways and spiral stairs showing visitors an amazing experience. Most of the grottoes were excavated during the period of 1,500 years from the Late Qin Dynasty (384-417) up to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The most famous sculpture here is the 16- meter tall Buddha, carved high up on the mountain. In fact, the grottoes are divided into two parts, the western and the eastern; since the western is much better, we recommend you tour around there.
No doubt, the clay sculptures have well shown Chinese features, as well as the development of Chinese clay sculpture art.