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“I love ancient Chinese culture and these are fantastic!”

The Dazu Rock Carvings
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Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Dazu County
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Owner description: More than 50,000 Buddhist stone carvings date from the 9th to 13th centuries.
Reviewed July 7, 2013

Having researches this site and so looking forward to seeing it, We were not disappointed. We had headphones too, so learnt all about them and took far too many photos of course.
A lot of people do not know about it, so glad we went.
The colour is still in a lot of them and all the stories further down here are so true, so won't go over them again. Take your time, allow time to really look into each area as there is so much intricit design and details. Then stand back and take an over all view of each one, so you see the whole story
There were students painting when we were there on large canvases and some of them were extraordinary, they don't mind you admiring their work either.
The Chinese are such great story tellers!

Thank elinas
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

TripAdvisor treats "Dazu Rock Carvings, Chongqing" as one attraction. There are five different sites and this review applies to Baodangshan, the largest and most popular site. If the TripAdvisor site permits I will also post a review of the Beishan site.

Bottom line up front ... this is a wonderful and inspiring site to visit. It is truly a worthy World Heritage site and the Chinese government is developing and restoring very carefully. I have many relatives in Chongqing and one was kind enough to drive my wife and I to Baodangshan. It's 2+ hours from Chongqing proper a few kilometers outside of Dazu. There is a base area with the usual shops and restaurants. You can buy a ticket there for this site or this site combined with Beishan (which we did). An electric cart takes you up to the carving area. The carvings at this site date from 1174-1252 A.D. (Beishan is about 650 A.D.) Some stair climbing is required and there is adequate signage in Chinese and English. I will let the photos I've attached speak for themselves ... go see this site, it's worth the effort!

4  Thank jim_julian
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

Two hour drive outside of Chongqing, thousand year old Buddhist carvings that told stories about not just Buddhist culture, but reflected general life as well - colors were amazing. And the best part, all tour guides have little mini microphones they speak into and each guest is provided a head set that allows them to listen to the guide, eliminating the screaming guides and their megaphones that you usually find at sights. High ticket price (140rmb), but this is everywhere in China.

4  Thank shuizhuniurou
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

These Buddhist sculptures, over 800 years old and carved from the rock onsite contains over 20 niches and 20,000 Buddhist images. This endeavor, commenced by a Buddhist monk in 1179 took 70 years to complete...and some portions at the end show evidence of more planned at the time but not finished. From the female Buddha of 1000 hands ( under restoration but atill partially visible) to the large reclining Buddha, depictions of the heavens and 18 hells, the intricate and some richly colored tableaus are awe inspiring. Listen in for a guide's explanations of the depicted hells, including " knife mountain", " boiling oil, "coal eyes" and " knee chopping" versions! The shaded tropical setting and grottoes, including an interior cavelike room make for an interesting walk. benches provide a resting spot from which to gaze and contemplate just how the monks could tackle this grand and detailled undertaking of wonderful art and religious tribute.

1  Thank Wdee2013
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

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.

5  Thank Jublia
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