Mati Si Review, Zhangye, Gansu, China
This post is a Mati Si review. Mati Si are grotto temples found in Zhangye, Gansu, China. This Mati Si review also includes information on getting to Mati Si, pictures, and other useful information as well as some (perhaps not so useful) personal ranting.
Cost: 75rmb for all three sites.
The thing that peaked my interest to come to Zhangye was the Danxia Landforms, and after a little research I decided I’d also go to Mati Si (grotto temples) and the Desert Park (Sha Mò Gong Yuán).
Unfortunately I couldn’t get the train ticket I wanted from Chengdu to Zhangye which means less time so I was unable to get to Sha Mò Gong Yuán, and I don’t think I would have got to do Mati Si either if it wasn’t for the shuttle bus arranged by the hostel I stayed in.
Mati Si Review, Zhangye
Mati Si was pretty good. The shuttle bus left at 0800 and we got back about 1400. There are three sites and the shuttle took you around to each of them.
Here’s a bunch of captioned pictures.
Getting to Mati Sit
I took the tour from the hostel which leaves at 0800 (Chinese time) and cost 50rmb (round trip). It took just over an hour to get there and it was a bumpy ride. I’m surpriised that for a fairly well known tourist attraction the Chinese government hasn’t made the roads better. There was some great mountain scenery on the way.
I think a ‘tour’ is what most people recommend. The guy at the hostel did say the other option involved a bus to the nearest town followed by a taxi to take you around. All up I’m sure it would have cost more than the 50rmb and would be a lot more hassle, particularly if, like me, your Chinese speaking ability is sh#t.
Other Things to Do in Zhangye
I’ve decided to tag onto this post some stuff I encountered whilst walking around town, and in the Danxia Review post I will include my research on getting to Sha Mò Gong Yuán.
Basically on the first day I arrived I went for a walk around town. The town is pretty small (for Chin). Here is what I saw.
There where also a couple of pay to get into parks which I did not explore.
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