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Along the old Silk Road there are many holy mountains, where monks carved out buddha statues in grottoes and on mountain sides. The most famous are in Dunhuang (in western Gansu) and more to the east in Datong and Longmen. But there are many, many more.

On our last trip we visited some of the lesser visted mountains. Having climbed Maji Shan at the beginning of our trip, Xumi Shan was our last stop on our way back to Xi'an.

Xumi Shan isn't featured on this site yet, so here's some info...


Xumi Shan is located in the south of Ningxia, a small and pretty remote muslim province, south of Inner Mongolia. The name Xumi is a translation of the Sanskrit term 'sumeru', which stands for buddhist paradise. Shan just means 'mountain' in Chinese.

In total there are more than 130 caves with statues, but the only one that really stands out is the giant seated buddha in cave number 3, which is the one you see here. Most statues date back some 1400 years, from the Northern Wei to the Sui and Tang dynasties. For a closer view of Xumi Shan's main statue, see the WORKSHOP.

We visited the site from Guyuan town. There's a daily bus back from Guyuan to Xi'an.

This picture was taken from the other side of the little canyon that seperates the holy mountain from a relatively new and quite interesting museum on the site.

Not many visitors, but as with all things in China, that might change quick.


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