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Mati Temple Grotto  

Mati Temple Grotto

Mati Temple is also called Puguang Temple. The whole grotto is composed of Shenguo Temple, Puguang Temple, Qianfo Cave, Jinta Temple, Upper Guanyin Cave, Middle Guanyin Cave and Lower Guanyin Cave. First built in the northern Liang period, Mati Temple boasts more than 70 caves and shrines. According to the legend, a horse from the heaven once left a mark of horse hooves here, and thus the temple got its name.

The legendary print of the horse hooves now exsits in the Mati Hall in Puguang Temple, serving as an indispensable treasure of the temple. The uniqueness of Mati Temple Grotto lies in the grand scale of budhist towers, caves and shrines in Qianfo Cave, with a total number of more than 500; the larg-scale sculpture of Apsaras in Jinta Temple is of primitive simplicity and elegance, which is unque in China; the Thirty-three-heavens Cave in Puguang Tempple has a total of 21 grottoes ranked in 5 levels.

These grottoes are arranged in the form of a pagoda, with Buddhist halls inside and corridors outside. The total number of caves and shrines both inside and outside is up to 49, all of which are of unique designs. The surroundings of Mati Temple are very beautiful, and the verdant hills, green waters, unusal peaks and peculiar caves are the most famous things of Mati Temple.

Tourist can also stay in the tent of Yugu Minority, enjoying the pure chang and the delicious big chunks of stewed lamb and experiencing the unique living style and the cultural characteristics of the nomadic people.