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Tianti Mountain Grottos
Top 4 in Can't Miss Attractions

4.1/5
99 Reviews
Grotto
Liked by 5
Closing in 34 mins Open from 8:30am-5:30pm
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 1 hour
Address: Dengshan Village, Middle Road Township, Liangzhou District, Wuwei City
Phone: 0935-2980219

What people are saying:

This time I drove nearly 500 kilometers from Gannan to find fathers for the four caves I have visited. After passing through highways, national highways, provincial highways, county highways, township highways, and unnamed highways, I finally found it in a remote mountain. There is a saying that the reservoir scenery in front of the Big Buddha is still very good, but the grottoes are a bit lost. Originally, in 1956, in order to build the Huangyanghe Reservoir, the state removed all the movable Buddha statues and murals in the grottoes. They are now in Gansu. Bo and Liang Bo, everyone can only see the immovable giant Buddha and the six Buddha statues standing around. Moreover, the feet of the giant Buddha are being repaired recently, and there is no way to get down to the lowest level, just look right in front of the Buddha statue. In general, there are too few tickets to see for such a long road plus 30 yuan. If you are not a friend who is particularly interested in stone carving art, it is recommended that you do not make this trip. The price is not high.

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  • KodoDrummer
    KodoDrummer
    Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Urals District
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    Rock cut grottoes

    Very impressive rock cut grottoes. They are home to Buddhist cave temples, and other places of worship containing magnificent rock carved/cut statues. There were 19 caves, but some have been destroyed...

    Reviewed on /Date(1570968420000+0800)/
  • PB852014
    PB852014
    spring mountain queensland
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    Mind blowing

    If you don't put this on your map you are missing out. When we were there a lady was selling fresh hot beans. This Grottoe was only found 70 years ago.

    Reviewed on /Date(1533890023000+0800)/
  • 11bravo_apc
    11bravo_apc
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    Be forewarned: everything closed 29 Sept 2016

    The only reason I rated this as terrible was that there was no information available that the grottoes were closed before we went. Thus this cautionary review. No one in town mentioned that the grot...

    Reviewed on /Date(1475099943000+0800)/
  • Kathleenlim
    Kathleenlim
    Singapore, Singapore
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    Impressive & Well-kept!

    One of the earliest grottos and a significant part of Chinese Buddhism, it is said to be earlier than Yungang and Longmen Grottos of Datong in Shanxi and Luoyang in He’nan. We only got to see the big...

    Reviewed on /Date(1439423187000+0800)/
  • Tex049
    Tex049
    Austin, TX
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    Where else will you see a 9-story buddha?

    One of the coolest things I've seen in a long time, although we almost didn't see them since they are officially closed for some kind of renovation, and it was only through the intervention of our ama...

    Reviewed on /Date(1435977440000+0800)/

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Introduction

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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