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Tour Overview

On this one-day tour, you will travel from Xian to Tianshui to visit Maijishan Grottoes and Fuxi Temple by bullet train. Maijishan Grottoes is a highlight along the ancient Silk Road, and it is also one of the four great grottoes in China (the other three are Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang, Yungang Grottoes in Datong, and Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang). When you reach the site, you will be surprised by the honeycomb-like caves on the face of the cliff, and you will explore the caves uniquely by climbing the plank roads built on the cliff. After visiting Maijishan Grottoes, your guide will accompany you to Fuxi Temple where you will appreciate traditional Chinese buildings and learn the story about Fuxi. We will take care of the train tickets, all transfers, entrance tickets, etc., and you just have fun.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Savor the splendid Buddhist art at the Maiji Mountain Grottoes, one of the “Four Greatest Grottoes of China”.
2. Appreciate traditional Chinese buildings at Fuxi Temple and learn about the story of Fuxi, the originator of mankind in Chinese mythology.
3. Enjoy a convenient and fast China bullet train journey in Northwest China.


At approximately 6:00 am, our driver will pick you up from your Xian downtown hotel and transport you to Xian North Railway Station. Board the D2671 train departing at 07:35, arriving at 09:28, or a similar train, booked and delivered to your hotel in advance (excluding last-minute bookings). Alight at Tian Shui Nan Station, where our local guide and driver will warmly welcome you and commence your journey to the Maiji Grottoes, situated 26 km from the station.

The initial grottoes were carved during the post-Qin Dynasty (384-417), and subsequent dynasties expanded the complex in tandem with the growth of Buddhism. In June 2014, UNESCO recognized the Maiji Grottoes as a World Cultural Heritage site, featuring 194 caves and around 7,800 preserved Buddha statues. Amidst China’s renowned Buddhist grottoes, Maiji Grottoes stands out for its breathtaking scenery, making it a captivating cultural landmark. Explore the rich history and artistry encapsulated within this sacred site, an embodiment of China’s spiritual and artistic heritage.

Tianshui Maijishan Grottoes
Marvel at the Intricate Buddhist Sculptures

Lunch during the noon break will be at your discretion, and feel free to consult your guide for recommendations. Following lunch, proceed to explore the Fuxi Temple, a place of historical significance. Fuxi, a revered figure in Chinese legend, stands among the Three Great Emperors and is regarded as an ancestral figure of the Chinese nation. The existing temple architecture, dating back to the late Qing Dynasty, offers a window into China’s prehistoric era.

As the tour concludes, your guide and driver will accompany you to Tian Shui Nan Station for the return journey to Xian on D2694 departing at 18:04 and arriving at 19:47, or a similar train. Upon arrival in Xian, our designated driver will await you at the station exit, holding a name board, to ensure a seamless transfer back to your hotel. Immerse yourself in the cultural richness of Fuxi Temple, a testament to China’s ancient history, before a comfortable return to Xian.

Tianshui Fuxi Temple
Fuxi Temple


Tour Price ($=USD)

From $289 P.P, which is based on a private tour for 2 people. The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel.

Price includes

  • All entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Private transfer in an air-conditioned car
  • Excellent English-speaking tour guide and experienced driver
  • 2nd class Xian – Tianshui bullet train
  • One bottle of mineral water per person

Price excludes

  • Meals and guide service on the trains
  • Personal expense
  • Gratuities (Recommended)
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