Located in Sunan Yugur Autonomous County of Gansu Province, 65 kilometers south of Zhangye City, Mati Temple is a popular tourist attraction combining grotto art, stunning Qilian Mountain scenery and Yugur folk custom.
Built by the Beiliang State of the Sixteen States Period, the Mati Temple is a giant grotto architecture group including more than 70 grottoes. Most original architectures in this temple were destroyed in wars in history. It was a Han Buddhism temple when it was built and was changed into a temple of Tibetan Buddhism later.
|What to See/Do:||The most famous view is the 500 or so magnificent grotto shrines on precipices. This is what you may see at the Thousand-Buddha Cave. Besides, the Zangfo Hall, Mati Hall, Yaowang Hall, Gesaerwang Hall, as well as the numerous stone pagodas are all masterpieces of Chinese grotto art. In addition, tourists can live in tents set up by Yugurs, drink highland barley wine, eat hand-grabbed lamb to experience local anthentic nomadic life.|
|Duration:||2 – 3 hours|
|Admission:||73RMB from May to October 7; 55RMB from October 8 to April 30.|
|Address:||Mati Town, Sunan Yugur Autonomous County, Zhangye City, Gansu Province.|
|Opening time:||08:00 – 18:00.|
|Public transport:||Take a bus at Zhangye South Passenger Station at 07:35, 08:25 or 09:15 at 11.5RMB and get off at Matisi Scenic Spot. The last return bus is at 16:30.|