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Sculptures in Maiji Mountain Grottoes.

 Maiji Mountain Scenic Area is located about 50 km southeast of Tianshui City. Located in the eastern section of the north branch of the West Qinling Mountain range, it crosses the Wei River in the north, and is adjacent to Jialing River in the south. It consists of four grand sightseeing spots: Botanic Garden, Quxi, Fangmatan, and Jingtu Temple. And Maiji Mountain Grottoes, Immortal Cliff, Ruiying Temple, and Arhat Cliff are in neighboring regions of the area. The forest coverage reaches 76%. The scenic area has many kinds of animals and plants. The natural landscape and the culture add radiance and beauty to each other. The area has 35 tourist areas and 180 tourist sites. The Maiji Mountain Grottoes are world-famous, so the area is generally named “Maiji Mountain Scenic Area".

  The construction of Maiji Mountain Grottoes started in the Later Qin period (384-417 AD) of the Sixteen Kingdoms. There are pines and bamboo growing here, surrounded by the green mountains. The Maiji Mountain standing high over others, which is called “the Champion of Qin Area and Forest", is a fascinating peak in the Xiaolong Mountain on the west end of the Qinling Mountain range of China. The altitude is 1742 meters, and the height of mountain is only 142 meters. It looks like a grain stack. Because of the shape of the mountain, it is called Maiji (grain stack) Mountain. The southwest of the mountain is a steep cliff where the Maiji Mountain Grottoes were excavated. Some grottoes lie 20 to 30 meters away from the base and some extend as long as 70 to 80 meters. To have excavated thousands of caves and figures of the Buddha in such a steep cliff is very rare in Chinese grottos. It is highly praised as “Oriental Sculpture Gallery".

  The surrounding landscape of Maiji Mountain is very beautiful, with green cypresses and pines, wild flowers and flourishing grassland. When you surmount the peak and gaze into the distance, you will find that you are surrounded by the green mountains which are covered by thick vegetation. The distant view and the landscape nearby, including the innumerable mountains and valleys, the sea-like pine trees, mists and the clouds, intertwine and form a beautiful picture—namely “the misty rain of Maiji".