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Address: Mati Country, Sunan County 734400, China
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+86 936 889 1666
08:00 - 17:00
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if you like amazing mountain temples, this one is for you

I rented a car with some Chinese friends, it's about 60-90 mins out of the way. but its worth it. The temple itself, as you walk up to it is quite impressive. To see this... read more

Reviewed 16 November 2016
Lola H
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Reviewed 16 November 2016

I rented a car with some Chinese friends, it's about 60-90 mins out of the way. but its worth it. The temple itself, as you walk up to it is quite impressive. To see this structure carved into the mountain is pretty impressive. as previously said, some stairwells and hallways are inaccessible to larger people, the top offers a good... More 

Thank Lola H
Dubbo, Australia
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

The Mati Temple complex is set against beautiful scenery with rolling hills which were coloured with Autumn leaves at the time of our visit and the encircling mountains were capped with snow. The Grottoes themselves however were quite underwhelming. The original carvings are poorly preserved and very nearly all have been replaced with garish bright gold modern Buddha statues. The... More 

Thank Kae_Australia
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

This temple complex is carved into the side of the mountain. If you don't like cramped tight spaces, maybe just look from outside. We got stuck a few times waiting for crowds to pass as there is only room for one person at a time. Steep stairs & narrow passages, but fun if you are ok with it. Beautiful views... More 

Thank namei18
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 24 August 2016

Two hours out of Zhangye City, we came upon an arch leading to the scenic area. There are public buses from Zhanye, starting from 7.30 am, not very frequent and timing of the return in the evening needs to be confirmed on the day. The fare is 22 yuan. The park is open from 0800 - 1800. We walked up... More 

Thank TekTeh
Singapore, Singapore
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211 reviews
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Reviewed 14 August 2015 via mobile

Mati Si (Horse Hoof) grotto, built in the northern Liang period, is located 65 km south west from Zhangye in Sunan Town. It comprises several caves/temples. Its key site is the Puguang Temple (Site 1) which is about 3 storeys high and a total of 21 grottoes in 5 levels arranged in the form of a pagoda, with Buddhist halls... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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Reviewed 20 July 2015

We were a little disappointed by Mati Si. It's true that the landscape is beautiful but our main reason for going was the grottoes, which while interesting are not nearly as spectacular as MaijiShan. The central area of the attraction is a bit run down and dilapidated, the museum looks to be closed down as do many of the shops.... More 

1 Thank hkwoody
Lanzhou, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2015

It is spring in April in China, but we were surpised by the snow when my friends and I went to this stunning place. Anyway, the view is incredible, mainly if you get to climb all the steps to the top of the cliff caves. As it was snowing, my view was kind of blurred with white, but it was... More 

Thank Marcia20142014
Zaragoza, Spain
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2014

The area is not far from Zhagye, we went by private tour arranged in the hostel with some chinese students. The place is really quiet with a deep spiritual atmosphere. Is easy to do both highlights in the same day if you don´t have enough time, Mati Si in the morning and Danxia rainbow mountains, in the afternoon. It´s a... More 

1 Thank AdrianaCh
Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand
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208 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2014

I got to Mati Si on a public bus that turned into a private tour bus. When we got to the town near the caves, I was told that for 50 RBM the bus would take us to the caves and back to Zhangye. This was good. Walking into the cliffs and through the tunnels up to the higher level... More 

Thank J K
Miami, Florida
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 30 September 2014

Originally my group was going to Zhangye to visit the Rainbow Mountains. However, we were told about this place by one of our hostel staff members. Needless to say this place is very memorable. From our hostel we paid ¥100 for transportation to both MaTi and Rainbow Mountains. Admission was ¥75 (Student discount). From there our driver brought us to... More 

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