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“Every bit as magnificent as in photos” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Baoding Mountain Carved Stone

Baoding Mountain Carved Stone
16 km Northeast of Dazu County, Dazu County 402360, China
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Ranked #3 of 22 Attractions in Dazu County
Type: Geologic Formations, Cultural
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singapore
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“Every bit as magnificent as in photos”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Although not Buddhists, all of us enjoyed ourselves tremendously viewing all the exquisite carvings. In particular, it was pointed out that the wand alone of one of the 3 giant figures was 1 ton and that the weight of the hand and folds of the sleeves were calculated precisely so that it can support the wand. The cycle of life including the 18-levels of hell were very well presented - no sense of the macabre; they simply provoked some sobering thoughts. Definitely worth a visit and I would advise anyone interested in stone carvings and making the effort to go to Baodingshan to also consider visiting Beishan. It's a pity that Beishan is so under-promoted.

Visited March 2014
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Haifa, Israel
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“very special,outstanding site/ t.z.gross”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

one of the best attractions in the rural area near dazu.exelent in all categories,art,education,view,religion.in my opinion it's a must. the art part is superb,but above all the stories of the carvings and the morals that are reflected

Visited October 2012
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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“Dazu Rock Carvings Superb”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

This UNESCO World Heritage Site deserves its status. The carvings, dating from the 7th century, are exquisite. They show humanity and its vices and the synthesis of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. In that, they demonstrate the concept of harmony that is so fundamental to the Chinese civilization and its people.

Visited August 2011
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Montaren et St Mediers
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“Well worth the visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012

Lesser known than those at Beishan but still a must see. There are over 10,000 carvings mainly donated by locals not like Beishan and therefore more "rustic" looking

Visited April 2012
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Dongguan, China
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“A must do!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2012

We went to Dazu over the CNY Spring festival to visit the carvings. In fact it is 2 sites one in Beishan and the other in Baoding. You can buy a combined ticket for both sites for rmb120 or rmb90 for Baoding and rmb70 for Beishan. No discount for kids.
We went to Baoding and as expected it was busy and a little congested with visitors and tour groups. However do not miss this one.
This is a real must do and one of the best attraction we had visited. The carvings are absolutely spectaculiar and should not be missed if you intend visiting Chongqing.

Visited January 2012
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