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Source: ChinaTravelGood   Author: Melanie  Date: 07-10 2008
Shangtianti Grottoes also said that the Buddhist temple, located 50 kilometers south of the Village Road Rural lights, 16 of the Eastern Jin Dynasty, founded in the Northern Liang period since about 1600 history. Shangtianti towering mountain peaks, steep Junba, high into the sky, mountains and stone steps, Shijiershang, rugged roads, such as the hanging-shaped staircase, it said Shangtianti Hill. Pass perennial snow, commonly known as "Shangtianti snow," and to Liangzhou one of eight scenic spots. Buddha Grottoes in mountain and sit at the foot of Bibo Dangyang, Boyun winding its body, constitutes a mountain, water, the Buddha, cloud seamless spectacular phenomenon is quite Liangzhou renowned tourist destination.

Northern Wei, Sui, Tang, during the Western Xia have to expand, to Ming and Qing period of Lamaism has become a temple. According to the Ming dynasty orthodoxy for 13 years (1448) "restoration of good-Liangzhou Ming Temple," records: the Ming dynasty orthodox decades Shangtianti Grottoes surviving 26. As Shangtianti Grottoes geological structure of soft, in the previous earthquake in varying degrees of damage, only Liangzhou major earthquake in 1927, more than 10 earthquake destroyed the cave. September 1959, the Mongolian Gazelle for the construction of the reservoir, the site of the reservoir submerged caves, some statues, murals move to the Gansu Provincial Museum, Northern Wei, Sui and Tang Dynasties period by the Tibetan Volume, Juan Hua, such as by the Institute of Dunhuang relics preservation. Now Shangtianti Grottoes only three layers, size cave 17. The largest 30 meters high residual cave, 19 m wide and six meters deep. Cave has a Buddha statue, 15 meters high, 10 meters wide, with left and right sides of Manjusri Buddha, Bodhisattva Samantabhadra, Hirome, Vaisravana and Jia Ye, Anan, and other six statues, Form lively, expression Dignity and image of each. Cave in the north and south walls decorated with two large murals. South wall for moire Qinglong, central to the elephant deer, elephants are back Tuo Yi Yi of The scrolls, the lower part of the Tigers flowers and trees. North wall decorated with the Department of Tsing Lung; Central painted a white horse, the Mexican tiger, bodhi tree, horse scrolls glittering; bottom decorated with peony flowers. The murals strokes fresh and beautiful color, magnificent, vivid image.