Mount Maiji Grottoes

Last updated by peggie at 2013-11-17

Mount Maiji Grottoes were first built more than 1,500 years ago in Later Qin of Sixteen States (384-417) and were reconstructed during Northern Wei (386-534) and Western Wei (535-556) dynasties and Northern Zhou Dynasty (557-581) and the successive dynasties until Qing Dynasty (1616-1911). Maiji Mountain is 142 meters high and looks like a wheat stack. Hence it is called Mount Maiji (Maiji means wheat stack).

The mountain contains the east and west cliffs, where Buddhist idea and sutra content are expressed through clay statues and frescoes. There remain 194 grottoes, with 7,200 pieces of clay statues and stone carvings and more than 1,300 sq meters of frescoes. Most of the Mount Maiji Grottoes are connected together by zigzagging jutting plank roads, where the tourists can go to appreciate the grottoes.

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The statues in Mount Maiji Grottoes fall into four categories: relief, medallion, sticking, and wall modeling. Some of the statues are as high as 15 meters, and some are only 20 cm high. In a word, the statues in Mount Maiji Grottoes display the history of the development of clay statues in China.

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How to Get There?

Tourist buses start every half an hour from the square in front of the railway station in Beidao District. It takes about 1 hour to get to the grottoes and the cost is 5 yuan.

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Opening Hours:

08:30 – 20:00 in summer and autumn; 08:30 – 18:00 in spring and winter.

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Tourists are not allowed to take any bags or cameras with them while visiting the grottoes. It costs 1 yuan to check the bag and 2 yuan to check the camera at the foot of the mountain. It may be very crowded during prime tourist time. In case there is traffic jam and people have to get off the car and walk sometimes, it is advisable for tourists to start early in the morning.


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