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Tianti Mountain Grottos

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Closed Today Open from 8:30am-5:30pm
Recommended sightseeing time: 1 hour
Address: Dengshan Village, Middle Road Township, Liangzhou District, Wuwei City
Phone: 0935-2980219

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Tiantishan Grottoes are not only one of the earliest caves in China, but also the representative of the early grottoes in China. It has profound influence, has a very high historical status and artistic value, and is known as the origin of grottoes and the ancestor of grottoes by the historians. The large Buddha Grottoes seen at present are created in the Tang Dynasty, and the most valuable caves in the North and the Liang Caves are the same as the national treasure-grade grottoes in China. The large frescoes in the large Buddha Grottoes are painted in the north and south, and the whole frescoes are fresh and bright in color and vivid in image. Walking forward, the 17 small caves on the left and upper side of the large Buddha Caves are in the state of natural stone caves due to serious erosion. There are still some statues and frescoes in the caves, including the head of the Stone Buddha in Northern Wei Dynasty, the statue of Bodhisattva in Northern Zhou Dynasty and the statue of Tang Shaka. The murals are not preserved much, but overlapped, some up to 5 layers, in the peeling heavy layers of murals exposed the northern cool, northern Wei, Tang and other remnants of paintings, among which the northern cool murals, bodhisattva straight nose, large eyes, thick lips, white nose beams, crown curls, the upper body half-naked, waist-wrapped skirts, Western early features of the murals are obvious. It's plain and simple.



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The Tianti Mountain Grottoes, also known as Dafo Temple, are located in Dengshan Village, Zhonglu Township, Liangzhou District, Wuwei City. They were created in Northern Liang during the Sixteen Kingdoms Period of the Eastern Jin Dynasty and are about 1600 years old. The summit of the mountain is precipitous and shrouded in clouds and mist. Stone steps have been laid on the mountain, which, due to the steepness of the terrain, look like a hanging ladder, hence the mountain's Chinese name 'Tianti', meaning 'Ladder to heaven'. Due to the soft geological structure of the Tiantishan Grottoes, the caves have all suffered different degrees of damage, with only three levels of grottoes remaining, along with around ten caves. There are large murals on the north and south walls of the cave with vivid and lifelike depiction of such as a dragon flying in the clouds, trees and flowers, and a Bodhi Tree.
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