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Mati Si (Horse's Hoof Temple)

Listed under Temples in Zhangye, China.

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The Temple at Mati Si was badly damaged during the Cultural Revolution despite its remote location. It is being lovingly restored, although some of the work is a little odd to say the least. One of the temples near the entrance has murals with AK47s and tanks.

The site is extensive and you should set aside most of the day for a visit. The views of the pine covered Qilian Mountains are delightful and well worth savouring.

Expect to clamber up steep ladders in tunnels carved into the cliffs to see the best of the grottoes. The effort is well worth it. For the less energetic there are various halls at ground level though these suffered much more of the damage.

Written by  Ian Ford.

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