Maiji Grottoes -- Clay Stone Grottoes on Mountain
Maiji Grottoes are in relation to a tragic love story of a king in the history of China.
A highborn girl named Yifu married to Prince Yuan, a happy couple who were deeply in love with each other.
Some years later, the prince become the king and nominated his beloved wife as his queen.
However, they were living in a period with many other co-existing regimes and endless wars; soon, their country needed to ally with another nomadic kingdom.
This alliance, according to this nomadic regime, has to be a marriage, in which their nomadic princess should be the queen.
Therefore, Yuan had to take back the queen’s crown from Yifu, and sent her far away.
But Yuan still couldn’t forget Yifu. So he secretly sent her a love letter, telling her to be patient and wait for him to figure things out.
Unfortunately, his new queen, the honorable princess of the strong nomadic kingdom, found out the letter and requested her father to attack Yuan’s country.
In the end, Yuan was forced to command Yifu to suicide.
After Yifu departed, Yuan sent many people to build grottoes on the Maiji Mountain, where already have some statues from the year 384 to 417.
The Yifu’s body was put inside of one of the caves there, where a statue of her was established soon.
During Yuan and his son’s ruling period, the Maiji Grottoes were quickly expanded and refined. In the next hundred years, more statues and caves were built.
Now, the Maiji Mountain Grottoes is a religious and artistic place in China, which has 10632 clay stone statues, and 1300 square meters of frescos in 221 caves.
Clay stone made statues, vary from 16 meters to 10 centimeters high, are the most important constitutions.
Art, music, dance and architecture from different dynasties are valuable relics and excellent representatives of Chinese culture.
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