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Wenshu Mountain Grottoes

Wenshu Mountain Grottoes

4/523 Reviews
"Grotto"
"Historical Site"
Zhangye Top 4 in Local History
Open from 8:00am-6:00pm (Local time)
杨昕祎
"The Wenshu Mountain Grottoes, the ancient grottoes at the foot of the Suzhu chain, the main peak of Qilian Mountain, are said to be where Manjushri Bodhisattva manifested his holy. The cave temple nunnery was built on the mountain. For thousands of years, almost all religions of China, including Tibetan Buddhism, Chinese Buddhism, and Taoism, have intersected and merged here. The Buddhist art and early murals in the grottoes are comparable to the Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes. There is a saying among the folks that "look at Manjusri first, then Dunhuang". The Wenshu Mountain Grottoes were first excavated in the Northern Dynasties and are the remains of early Chinese Buddhism. They are located within the scope of Liangzhou model grottoes. In particular, the murals in the Thousand Buddha Caves and Wanfo Caves have the layout characteristics of the early Hexi cave murals. To make up for the shortcomings of Mogao Grottoes, some are the continuation and development of Dunhuang art. The "Liangzhou Model" proposed by Professor Su Bai believes that the Liangzhou Model can be divided into two stages: the early stage can refer to the remains of Tianti Mountain, the Wuliang Stone Pagoda unearthed in Jiuquan and other places and the first stage niche statue of Bingling; You can refer to the Golden Pagoda Temple in Sunan, the Thousand-Buddha Caves in the Piedmont of Wenshu Mountain in Jiuquan, and the second stage niche of Bingling. Among the relatively complete murals in existence, the huge "Milean Sutra Sutra" painted by Xixia on the right wall (east wall) of the Ten Thousand Buddha Caves in the Piedmont of Wenshu Mountain can be said to be a gem among the grottoes, and experts and scholars also come to Wenshu Mountain. One of the must-see treasures. It is under the control of Zhangye, but it is very close to Jiayuguan. I took a train from Dunhuang to Jiayuguan South Station and then took a taxi. Tickets are 120, so expensive. Mogao Grottoes is only 190 now."
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