Located in the middle section of the Silk Road, Zhangye was called Ganzhou in ancient times. Today, we are going to visit the Giant Buddha Temple. Here, you will visit the largest indoor clay statue of Buddha in China, and see the simple and exquisite mural sculptures and ancient buildings in the temple, plus experience the ancient religious art.
As a monastery where the Han and Tibetan Buddhism meet, you can see different Buddhist statues and architectural styles.
What to visit in Mati Temple?
Mati Temple also is known as Puguang Temple, is located between the foothills of Qilian Mountain in Sunan Yugur Autonomous County. As one of the huge grotto temple complexes in Gansu province, there are many grotto Buddha statues carved on the wall from Beiliang period to the present thousand years.
There are high-rise grotto temple buildings, which is very attractive and splendid, compare with other temples, there are not only temples of Han Buddhism, but also temples of Tibetan Buddhism, it is very unique. Meanwhile, it has many legendary monuments in the temple, such as the footprints of Flying Horse(Tianma), the murals of Yuan Dynasty, Buddha statues to name just a few, and it is worth to visit.
Why is worth to visit & Transportation
The Mati Temple has a large area, apart from numerous Buddhist statue caves excavated in the mountains. Here is some scenery which is worth to visit, such as Thousand Buddha Caves, King Gesar Palace and 33-day Buddha Caves. Generally, horseshoe temple is suited for self-driving (the private cars can entre the scenic area, parking fee is about 5 yuan), and the sightseeing bus to horseshoe temple will also stop at the Thousand Buddha Caves and 33-day regional sub-stations, so you can take a bus to travel, and it will take about 3 hours to visit some major Buddhist Grottoes in Mati Temple.
Mati Temple Entrance Fee & Opening Hours
|Mati Temple Entrance Fee||CNY 54|
|Opening Hours||1st January - 31st December ( 8: 30-18:00 )|
1. The scenic spots are mainly historical sites and religious content, Tourists can ask a guide at the entrance to explain, it will help us to have a better understanding of the scenic spots.
2. The Horseshoe Temple area has high altitude and low temperature, so travellers need to bring more clothes, in case of catching a cold.
3. Besides, Jinta Temple Grottoes is the most well-preserved in Horseshoe Temple. Because the grottoes belong to the super-protected areas, and it is quite expensive, so they are not often open to the public, tourists who are interested in grotto art can try to make telephone reservations.