was the main stopping point on the Silk Road from Van to Lanzhou.
Its history dates back further than this. However, a number of
sources cites on the banks of the Wei River were the "cradle
"of Chinese civilization.This region has been inhabited since
Neolithic time, excavated relics has a history of 8120 years,
maybe it was the heart of the prehistory China.
Fuxi, the earliest Chinese ancestor was born here. Its strategic
significance was not lost either. A stop here is highly recommended
for the excursion to Maijishan Grottoes, Immortals' Cliff, FuXi
Temple, Jade Spring Taoist Palace, Curtain Cave Grottoes, Giant
Buddha Hill, etc.
FuXi is one of China's three mythical ancestors. FuXi Temple
was originally constructed in the Ming Dynasty. The statue of
FuXi inside is the only one existing in China. Among other things
he is credited with the creation of the Eight Diagrams on the
ceiling, which represents mathematical permutations and ultimate
Maiji Grotoes o1 Tianshui is a Top-heavy Wheat Stack Peak peppered
with Carvings, alcoves and caves. The setting is extraordinarily
impressive in the Maijishan national Natural Scenery Zone. There
are 194 well-preserved Buddhist caves with 7200 stone sculptures
and 1300 sq. in of murals inside, dating back to the 4th century
and as late as the 17th, and the caves are linked by a high-rise
Immortals' Cliff boasts three cliffs, six temples, 196 Buddha
and 83 sq. m of murals. The setting really is lovely. Do visit
this place by climbing the long flights of steps. Make it fun
for the superb views from the top. Climbing is well worth doing.