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Practicalities

Frequent minibuses run to the caves from the square outside Tianshui’s train station (45min–1hr); the ride costs ¥5 each way, though foreigners are usually charged double. When you reach Maiji Shan (daily 8am–6pm), there is a fee of ¥70 or ¥80 per person – depending on whether you want the bus ride up the mountain – to enter the mountain area.