Maijishan Grottoes, China

The ancient Chinese sure know how to amaze.

The Maijishan Grottoes is a 190+ man-made cave system 45 kilometres southeast of of Tianshui city, Gansu province.  It is 142 miles above ground and covers 215 square kilometres. It is distinguished by its beautiful clay in stone sculptures.


The Maijishan Grottoes.

It’s name is derived from its shape:  “wheat stack”.  Construction started in 384, and continued for 1600 years.

Staircase rising up to meet the majestic buddhist sculptures.

Man-made grottoes dot the facade of beautiful sculptures.

Sculptures made of clay over stone.


How the heck did they do that?  Amazing.


3 thoughts on “Maijishan Grottoes, China

    • Same here. They kind of resemble the buddha sculptures in Bamiyan (before those taliban freaks blew them up, that is).

      I find it amazing that they carved out all those little caves too.

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