Maijishan, China

The goals of the Maijishan Grottoes project is to Develop a visitor management plan and establish relevant training, document the traditional conservation practices and develop new conservation practices. The plan is to complete the basic survey and conduct research and testing; afterwards the plan is to implement the pilot phase.

Maijishan Grottoes are located in Tianshui, Maiji, Gansu Province. Developed between the 5th to the 18th century AD, the cave temples are situated to the west of the Qinling Mountains and north of Xiaolongshan Forest, about 45km from Tianshui City. The grottoes are located at what was once two major cross roads of the Silk Road. This location nurtured the perfect environs to cultivate all different forms and interpretations of Buddha and the bodhisattvas that are still seen inside the grottoes today. There are over 7200 sculptures and mural paintings that stretch over 1000 square meters. The site integrates the spectacular geomorphological landforms with rich historical, cultural and artistic values. The cave temples at Maijishan have been called a “gem” in China’s clay art history. This is due to the significance and scale of the sculptures present in it.

Project Details


Location: China, Eastern Asia, Asia Organiser(s): Maijishan Grottoes Art Research Institute (MARI), Global Heritage Fund Funder(s): American Express Funding received: $107,827 Commencement Date: 01/2017 Project Status: Active
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