Mati Temple Scenic Resort
Mati Temple Scenic Resort
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JuanMao 卷毛
76 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2021
Visited this spot several times, then heard of the annual festival, and now finally visited. Horse riding and Thangka Display are the main issues of the festival, mainly a local festival, with a wonderful ambiance. The local people are so friendly, and always want to be photographed with a foreign friend :-) I had a great time, and can you recommend the official weChat account [travelandmore].
My favorite moment of the day is the sunrise, and the late afternoon. The calm, the light and the discoloration of the air, so beautiful. On the day sometimes unfortunately too many Chinese tourists groups.
Written 7 August 2021
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BobSt23
Sydney, Australia618 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
I visited here as part of a 32-day solo holiday with China Private Tours.
The Mati Temple is a 90-minute or so scenic drive out of Zhangye. Tourists have been flocking to Zhangye with the growing popularity of the Danxia Rainbow Hills and I was able to see Mati in the morning and the hills in the afternoon quite comfortably. Mati Temple is set in the side of a sheer mountain rock wall, surrounded by snow-peaked mountains, which makes the scene quite beautiful. There is a bit of a walk involved from the village parking but nothing too strenuous. I was lucky to be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who was able to explain all the significance of the temple to the local Tibetan people. The intricately inked coloured flags are particularly fascinating. The gold Buddha inside a cave is an impressive sight. Mati Temple should absolutely be on your to-do list if in Zhangye.
Written 2 December 2017
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Companion58130953445
NJ203 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
Mati, literally translate to Horse’s Hoof. Si means temple. So Matisi is also called Horse’s Hoof Temple. It is stunning to look at because the caves were cut into the face of a cliff. The facades of several temples jut out on the surface of the cliff, making them look like they are hanging in the air. I took a taxi from Zhangye which costed 200 Yuan round trip. It took 1.5 hours in the early morning (7:30 am) late October and I arrived at 9 am. when very few tourists were there. In the distance is the Qilian Mountain which was snow covered as the area received snow a week before. The strings of prayer flags remind me of Tibet. In fact, there is a Tibetan village in Mati. Once you get to the base of the cliff, you have to climb up steep stairs to get up to each level. I spent about two hours there. Well worth the trip
Written 2 November 2017
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TekTeh
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia422 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2016 • Friends
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 the road leading to the Grotto, inside the grotto, you can climb 5 stories to the very top one. There are statues of buddhas in each of the levels and in caves within. The style is tibetan buddism. lots of the statues are damages and most headless, damaged throughout history. However, this is an active temple where regular prayers is being held by the local Yu Gu people. We had a local guide who dressed in their traditional costumes. Steps within the caves are steep and narrow, this provides for traffic both ways, so there are frequent traffic hold up in there. The cave at the very top, prayers are performed, you can pay for candles and there is a monk to perform prayer.

The view outside the grotto is very beautiful with rolling hills covered with trees. In a distant hills stood a couple of stupas, commenrating a famous monk and an emperor of the Xixia empire, which rule part of Gansu at one time.

We had lunch at one of the restaurants amongst the hills. Yu Gu ladies came out to welcome with white sash and wine made from highland barley. Lunch included tibetan style milk tea, broil lamb, barbecue lamb, sausages filled with mutton and goat blood and local bread. There were songs and dance performed while we dined. It was a good place to enjoy art, religion and local culture.
Written 24 August 2016
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hkwoody
Hampshire, UK140 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2015 • Couples
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. Maps and information are thin on the ground. For the first time in China we found it difficult to find somewhere to eat.
We used public transport to get there and back. There are direct buses in the morning from the Zhangye South Bus Station (CNY23 return), we took the 07h35 which arrived at the gate around 10am - there are supposed to be later departures at 08h25 and 09h15. At the gate you get off the bus to buy tickets (CNY74 per person) then get back on the bus which drives up to the central area. The same bus was scheduled to leave back to Zhangye at 16h30 but actually left at 17h00. The journey back was much quicker only taking 1h15. If going again we would take a later bus as >6 hours was too much time to spend there.
Written 20 July 2015
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MarcelTraveller
Voorschoten, The Netherlands1,767 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
Because we had only one complete day to visit the surroundings of Zhangye, we combined the Danxia Geopark in the morning with a visit to the Mati si temple in the late afternoon. Some details of our time planning.
1. At 8.30 a.m. my wife and I arranged a taxi along the street near our hotel in Zhangye for 400 yuan. Although the driver didn’t speak any English, he understood what we liked by showing him photos of the two touristic sites. We first went to the Geopark where we stayed from 9.30 until 12.45.
2. From 13.00 – 14.00 we had lunch in one of the restaurants just outside of the park and then we went to Mati si. On the contrary as indicated in the digital version of the Lonely Planet, Mati si is not 65 km north of Zhanye, but 65 km south-west of Zhangye.
3. We arrived at 15.20 and stayed until 17.20. After we bought our tickets at the tourist office near the large gate above the road, we first went to two small white pagoda’s and then continued our way to the Thirty-three Heavens Grottos, the most famous part of Mati si with 7 floors of grottos. Interesting to visit, with almost no other visitors at the time we walked around on the site. Then we walked back to our taxi on the parking lot and returned in the direction of the entrance to visit another part, the so called Qianfo Grottos.
4. Of course you can spent much more time in this nice mountainous area, but in 2 hours we had an impression of this touristic highlight in this region. Especially with this temple, you’ll have to go for the location of the temple and the way it is built in and against a mountain.The scenery is, in our opinion, more interesting than the interior after you have seen tenths of other temples in cities in China.
5. At the end of our daytrip we returned in our hotel in Zhangye at about 18.30.
Written 9 July 2018
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Kathleenlim
Singapore, Singapore1,759 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2015 • Couples
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 inside and corridors outside. Due to its very narrow opening which serves also as the exit and its equally narrow passageways/steps within, we had to queue at least an hour or more outside in the scorching sun and heat before gaining entry! As it was a sizable weekend crowd (Sunday), only abt 15-25 persons per batch are allowed in at intervals of 15 mins to avoid congestion within! The other sites included the Guanyin Caves and shrines. According to sources, most of the original statues and artworks had been removed for safekeeping in Beijing. However, it is still worthwhile to visit if in the vicinity of Zhangye but do avoid weekends as local visitor numbers can be overwhelming! Start early or get burn like us by the midday sun and heat!
Written 14 August 2015
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psychokat
Melbourne, Australia73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited mati si on a very cold day. The mountains were full of snow. All this meant very few people around so the whole place to ourselves. The place is a beautiful spot with a river running through it although it was dry but as it warms up later in the year it should be back in life. The park itself is as all sights in China a theme park yet because it was cold the restaurants, the horse riders, the kitsch accomodation and shops were all shut which made it much more pleasant. The temples and the grottos are fantastic. There is a path to the viewpoint above the two white stupas. Once at the viewpoint jump over the chains and follow the path down and around the back of the valley. The rocks around are spotted with stupas. It is truly magical. Getting to mati si is a bit of a pain. We took the bus from zhangye to mati he crossroads. From there it is 9 kms to the entrance yet the actual site is further. At the crossroads we thought there would be taxis or another bus. There was a taxi but our bus driver somehow managed to send him off and asked us to wait. Another bus rocked up with a small group of chinese tourists. We got on that but without realising the cost which transpired to be 100 yuan from the crossroads, to the monastery and then all the way back to zhangye. The bus stayed at the sight waiting for three hours so we arrived at 12 and left at 3:30 but I believe that catching that bus was lucky and I do not think this is a routine journey. In addition, some other folk who had come to the monastery by taxi got on on the way back and paid 20 yuan so it all smelt dodgy at the end. So, if it is not clear how you get there I d say do not repeat what we did, just hire a cab for the day and explore as long as you like and know what you re paying exactly. Park fee was only 55 yuan pp.
Written 5 May 2014
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Plecakara
59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Friends
Amazing views all around! The temple - caves carved into the mountain! definitely worth visiting! not many tourists!
Written 2 June 2018
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Aussyrunner
Uk192 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2017 • Solo
Mati Temple is about 60km out of Zhangye. I took a private taxi (200 RMB there and back) although you can take public transport if you have time (see other reviews). The views of the surrounding landscape are spectacular. I visited in June and the mountains still had snow on them - it almost felt like I was in Switzerland and not China! It was relatively quiet, I went on a Friday afternoon and there were not so many people. However I felt whilst the caves were very interesting, it all seemed rather spread out and there wasn't really as much as I hoped to see. It took me about an hour to see everything. I am still happy I went as I had a few hours spare in the afternoon but if you have more time in the area, I think there are nicer caves to see.
Written 15 June 2017
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