Maiji, Tianshui, Gansu, China
Maijishan: The Magic MountainYes, it's a long and winding road to get here; trains, buses, more buses, and lots of walking. But as you see, there is nothing like it. And you can enjoy peeking into the caves at your very slow leisure because there are hardly any tourists around. You can meander around the fire escape-esque structure that clads the mountain and the Buddhist caves, stare out into the wondrous Chinese landscape, explore the varied faces of the Buddhas and dream about the explorers and wanderers that had them built many, many ages ago.