Marg & Bill Lynn
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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China Tour 2013
Silk Road (New Orient Express Train),Yangtze River Cruise
by Sinorama Holidays

Tianshui & Maijishan Grotto, 6 June 2013

Posted 2013-07-08

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After a short overnight train ride and an early breakfast in a restaurant, we had some time to see the town of Tianshui. Scooter style trucks and sidewalk markets contrasted with wide streets and modern busses.

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We saw a gateway, some pig skins used to float rafts, and a museum, before I gave out for a rest with my shoes off. A policeman came along and pointed to my shoes, so I put them on and a young lad playing in the area with his grandparents looked confused.

Then it was off to visit the Maijishan Grotto, 194 cave shrines of the "Gallery of Oriental Sculpture", carved into a vertical mountain cliff near Tianshui. The caves provide shelter for 7200 stone and clay figurines and 1300 sq m (13,000 sq ft) of murals.

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Our first view of the challenge at hand came after walking up a fairly long slope from the bus, having declined the camel rides. Marg decided to wait in the restaurant while we other intrepid tourists tackled the climb to the caves. As for all the tourist sites we visited, sturdy stairways have been built.

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Wall plaques provide information in Chinese and English.

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Just a few of the thousands of figures, etc. in the caves. Amazing that they were able
to do such wonderful work in this inaccessible location thousands of years ago.

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Access to the caves has been built for tourists. Just one slightly
inconvenient passage to get through, but lots of stairs way up there!

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Following the visit to the caves, we visited the National Fuximiao of China, designated Temple to worship Fuxi, the first of the three sovereigns of ancient China. The guide explained the mathematical intricacy of the round table, but it escapes me at the moment.

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Killing time while awaiting the 10:30PM boarding of our train, we saw a man playing a musical instrument sort of like a violin but with only one string (I think). He attracted a few listeners.
There seemed to be no water flowing over the dam in the river, but there was water downstream, so perhaps some leakage. Paddle boats took advantage of the calm water upstream, and there was a stone monument of some sort on the river bank with high rise buildings in the background.

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Exercise areas are provided in most park areas and they are well used.
The man pedalling the tricycle truck may not need additional exercise.

Later in the evening we headed to the RR station to await our train for Lanzhou.
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