The Dazu Rock Carvings
The Dazu Rock Carvings
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More than 50,000 Buddhist stone carvings date from the 9th to 13th centuries.
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Agnes D
Auckland, New Zealand108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Went with a personal guide as this part of China, hardly anyone spoke English. Be prepare to walked a fair distance and lots of steps. Some carvings are so intricate and detailed, some has succumbed to the weather and the piece that was restored, for me spoiled the ancient feel. (pic on hands is the restored piece). Some still had the paint colours on.
Worth a visit - had to ask the guide to not go into so much detail into the religious side as we wanted to see the carvings and not a lesson in religion.
Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoist - interesting and so old.
Written November 12, 2023
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina70,599 contributions
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Apr 2021
Many of the 50,000 statues and religious carvings date back to the seventh century Tang Dynasty. They are spread over about 75 sites. Most are very well perserved.
Written April 24, 2021
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina70,599 contributions
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Oct 2019
7th-century to 130-century "Thousand Hands of Buddha" in gold, and well preserved religious stone carvings. A world heritage site.
Written June 4, 2020
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JonasCN
Singapore, Singapore4,306 contributions
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Dec 2019
When one thinks of holiday in Chongqing, the Dazu Rock comes to mind. It is the signature of Chongqing. There are also few rock carving of this magnitude in China. Alas, tourism has given rise to commercialism. Here is why.

There are 2 parts to the rock carvings. The first part to the most well preserved grottoes is within 5 minutes drive using the local open air bus (no personal vehicles are allowed). The second part is much further away less well preserved grottoes only accessible by tourism appointed transport vehicles. The problem starts from there. Upon arriving at the the Dazu rock carving entrance, there will be person standing next to the car door. He will recommend you take his private vehicle to the further away less well preserved grottoes. But there is a catch. He will drive you to have lunch in a restaurant and a souvenir shop before proceeding. It is a scam as the prices of food and items are all extremely high to make up for more than the transport. If you say no, you will proceed to the ticket counter for the better preserved grottoes. The ticket cost 10RMB. But they will recommend you engage a guide that will cost money to bring you on a tour as there are few descriptors at the grottoes. Once you reach the entrance, you are again given a choice to walk 20 mins to the nearest grottoes or take their local open air tour vehicle that cost 15RMB on 2 ways. The grottoes are well preserved and well worth the journey. Each grottoes tell a different story where you do need the guide to explain. They also have a museum that showcase some artefacts with little English explanations. If you are a non Buddhist, you probably will not understand much too. On your return trip via the open tourist vehicle, they will not leave until there are enough passengers. The wait can be as long as half hour if you are unlucky. So the trick is don't visit too early. Otherwise, you may have to wait a long time before the vehicle set off to bring you back to the end point. When you leave the end point, you need to walk a distance before you reach your tour bus. In the process that you are doing so, you will have to walk past at a place filled with shops selling fake jewellery, overpriced handicraft and restaurants all ready to rip tourist money.

Overall, the Dazu Rock Carving is a must visit as the spectacle is worth looking at. However, the grotsequely shameless plots by companies and tourism board to rip money from tourists leaves a bad after taste: a place where you only want to go once and never again.
Written April 11, 2020
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Alex W
Singapore, Singapore1,426 contributions
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Dec 2017 • Solo
Dazu has rock carvings at several spots. The main attraction is the cluster at Baodingshan which consists of a steep-sided valley. The Buddhist-inspired carvings are cut into the vertical rock faces, with several of them still brightly painted (after all these years!)

It is not an easy place to get to as a day trip from Chongqing if you're travelling independently, but it can be done with an early start. (More details below)

The very detailed Buddhist rock carvings are some 800 years old, and are mostly in great condition. Different sections have rather unique styles. I was particularly fascinated by the various modes of torture depicted in one section of carvings. An audio-guide is helpful if you wish to understand the significance of the panels.

Don’t miss the related attraction: Shengshousi – a multi-pavilioned temple that is also several centuries old. It is only a short walk from the rock cliffs, on the way to the exit gate. Few visitors seem to venture there, so you are likely to have all the upper levels of the temple to yourself, and enjoy a moment of immense peacefulness with views of woodlands all around.

To get from Chongqing to Dazu town, I took a bus from Caiyuanba bus station in Chongqing. There are two bus stations (and the old railway station) at Caiyuanba. One is called the ‘long-distance bus station’ and the other is simply ‘bus station’. Somewhat counter-intuitively, Dazu buses depart from the ‘bus station’, not the long-distance one, even though Dazu is roughly 100km away (in a straight line).

According to the information board (see my photo below) the first bus to Dazu leaves this station at 7:20 pm, with regular departures every 40 minutes after that. The ticket cost 43 yuan. Important: you need to show your passport to buy a ticket. Another of my photos below explains how to read the ticket.

The bus went directly to Dazu via a toll-highway, and took 1 hour 55 minutes. It ended at Dazu old bus station. From there, rather than waste time looking and waiting for local buses to Baodingshan, I jumped into a cab. She wouldn’t use the meter because she said she didn’t expect to be able to get any passenger coming back. So we negotiated a rate of 50 yuan for a 20-minute ride to Baodingshan.

Entry to Baodingshan was 55 yuan. I spent two and a half hours at the rock carvings and Shengshousi Temple. There were taxis waiting at the exit gate, but I was lucky: the local bus was just arriving as I came out of the exit gate. That saved me some money going back to Dazu.

Buses back to Chongqing from Dazu bus station are also quite regular.
Written December 18, 2017
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Manufet
Madrid, Spain98 contributions
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Dec 2016 • Friends
The Dazu Rock Carvings are great! Surrounded by plenty of nature, which make them different from other Chinese caves like the ones in Datong and Longmen. FYI there are direct buses from Dazu Caves to Chongqing Airport, very useful to avoid going throught Chongqing city to reach the airport. It takes around 2 hours and as you can see in the picture buses depart from Dazu Bus Station at 7:40, 10:00, 13:00, 14:30 and 16:30. Below in the picture is the Chongqing Airport to Dazu Bus Station timetables.
Written December 25, 2016
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FYL003
Chicago, IL1,052 contributions
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Oct 2016 • Couples
After checking around for the price to join a group tour from Chongqing city, we decided to take the public transportation for a fraction of the cost.
Getting there: Subway line 1 or light rail line 3 to Lianglukou station, take exit 3 to Caiyuanba bus station. Take the escalator down for 2 RMB one way, operating hour is 6:45am to 10pm. Follow the underground path after the escalator and exit out facing the parking lot. The bus station is across the parking lot.
Buying ticket: we did a dry run the day before to make sure we know the way. We brought our tickets for the first bus leaving at 7:30 am for 40RMB per person during our dry run. We later learned we had to specify sitting together. Advance ticket purchase during off season is not necessary.
We planned to take a taxi to the Baoding Shan after arrival at Dazu city bus station. It happened another group of locals were going there and had spoken to the bus driver. The bus driver stopped at the local bus 205 terminal for them. We also got off and hopped on the local bus for 3RMB per person. The bus took about 30min to Baoding Shan station. It was a short walk from there to the ticket counter.

We hired a guide at the entrance for 150RMB and she explained to us the story depicted on the carvings. The artistry of the carvings were amazingly beautiful and so very well preserved after over 800 years. The big disappointment was the iconic big lying buddha was closed for restoration. The entire visit lasted about 2 hours. We also walked through the temple on our way out.

We brought a round trip ticket for the battery car to take us from the ticket office to the entrance and return for 15RMB per person. We were told later we could have caught the 205 bus at the exit of the carvings and save 10 RMB.

We were able to locate the Dazu bus station and brought the return ticket for 43RMB each. One caveat was eventhough our return ticket was for Caiyuanba station, the bus final station was some other station. We had to transfer to another bus to reach Caiyuanba. Since we did not know this in advance, anxiety did set in.
Tip: be able to recognize the station to get off and be able to pronounce the name of the station.
Overall, it was an opportunity to travel with the locals and experience part of their daily life.
Written October 31, 2016
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AomAmm
Thailand476 contributions
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Oct 2014 • Friends
The attraction os located in Dazu county ,about 2 hours from Chongqing caiyuanba bus station.
Baodingshan mountain was more preserved and in great shape than Beishan carving.
Teh ticket is quite expensive.
135 CNY is jsut for Baodingshan,
combined tocket for Baodingshan and Beishan is 170 CNY.

Be acknowledged -- these 2 mountains is 15 km apart.
Beishan is closer to town ( 10-15 min from the bus station)
Baodingshan has the city bus number 205, direct to the front gate.

We do not know know where Beishan is but since we tooked the bus there ,we decided to buy combinded ticket( very proud that we bought and took a bus to Dazu by ourselves)

Tips:
- We paid 50 CNY from the bus station to Baodingshan (10 km maybe)

- We took about an hour or two walking in Baodingshan. The ticket hall to the real gate is very far ( 15 CNY to pay for the cart-we decided to save by walking) Take your hat and umbrella!

- We hired the taxi again 50 CNY to Beishan, we did not bargain. It could be cheaper.
- After finished at Beishan--NO TAXI so we walked down the hill ,took us around 20 min and catched the taxi to the bus station back to DAzu bus station ( paid 10 CNY)
- The ticket from Caiyuanba Cq-Dazu is 53 CNY
The ticket from DaZu bus station to Chongqing is 35 CNY ( it printed in the ticket that the destination was Caiyuanba but actually the bus didn't stop at the the same station we left in the morning, a bit hassle to find the metro station back since we did not prepare for this.

So get the application for Chinese-Eng translate in your smart phone or write the necessary words down and keep in your pocket if you cannot speak Chinese!
Written October 13, 2014
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Jublia
Taipei, Taiwan19 contributions
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Mar 2013 • Solo
I travelled to Dazu Rock Carvings ( 大足石刻 dàzú shíkè) from my hotel (Jiefangbei area) in Chongqing on a Saturday morning. I organized a driver (through AVIS) for the day for 700RMB (9 hours). The highway to Dazu is a toll highway and costed 40RMB each way. We left at about 9:30am and traffic was quite heavy. It ended up taking more than 3 hours to reach the carvings. I spent about 3 hours looking at carvings and then returned to Chongqing. Traffic on the way back was also very bad and it took about 3 hours to arrive back at my hotel.

The World Heritage Centre web page ( http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/912 ) mentions 5 major rock carving sites at Dazu: Baodingshan, Beishan, Nanshan, Shimenshan and Shizhuanshan. I went to Baodingshan first and then asked my driver to drive to Beishan (about a 10 minute drive). These are the largest of the sites. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to see the other 3 sites.

A ticket which permits entry to Baodingshan and Beishan costs 170RMB during the high-season (March 1 to Nov 31) and 120RMB the rest of the year.

I was very impressed by Baodingshan, it has a lot of larger carvings including a 31-meter long reclining Buddha. The carvings at Beishan were also quite impressive, although smaller in size and generally less well preserved. Still, the intricacy of some of the carvings was really amazing. The style of the carvings at both sites is quite unique and shows a distinct Indian influence. There is also a pagoda at Beishan, but I didn't have time to walk right to it.

I would definitely recommend visiting Dazu rock carvings if you find yourself in Chongqing for a few days. It's a little bit of a hassle to get there, but definitely worth the visit.
Written March 18, 2013
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Colin
Dorking, UK199 contributions
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Apr 2019 • Couples
The Dazu rock carvings are well worth a visit - however, most people seemed to travel there on a tour. We travelled independently from Chongqing, which wasn't as difficult as we'd thought. Here's how we got there:

1: Take the metro to Lianglukou, and from there take the escalator down following signs to the railway and bus stations. The escalator costs 2 yuan.

2: Walk in front of the railway station, cross the road and on your right you'll see Caiyuanba bus station. We got tickets for the 9.20 bus to Dazu, which cost 43 yuan each. The bus took just under 2hrs, and didn't stop anywhere else on the way. I think buses leave every 30-40 mins, and ours wasn't full.

3: On arrival at Dazu, you can either take a taxi to Baodingshan, or bus 205. To take the bus, exit the station, turn right to the intersection and the bus stop is diagonally opposite. There should be a 205 there as it's the start of the route, and the fare is 3 yuan.

4: The bus will drop you at the entrance (about 30 mins from Dazu town). It's a long walk to the site, although the museum halfway is huge and well worth a visit. Overall we spent just over 2hrs at Baodingshan.

5: You can take the bus back to town from the exit to the site - no need to go back to the entrance. Just follow the signs to the bus stop past the market and food stalls. The bus was quite full at first, but emptied out at the entrance to the site as most people were going back to where their vehicles were parked.

6: We then went to Beishan, which was well worth visiting too - get the combo ticket. It's 20-30 mins walk from Dazu town, and you can take the steps/path through the park area rather than walking on the road. Quite a steep climb though!

7: From Beishan, it was about 25 mins walk back to the bus station through sleepy Dazu town. We arrived back at 4.30pm and got tickets for the 5pm bus. This got us back into Chongqing by 7pm, via a random bus change at Chenjiaping bus station.

Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed the trip - an amazing site that by Chinese standards was remarkably quiet, even though we visited at the weekend. And Dazu is a very pleasant, sleepy town, a very nice contrast to Chongqing!
Written May 1, 2019
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